Characters[ edit ] The plot in the short story harrison bergeron by kurt vonnegut Bergeron is the fourteen-year-old son, who is 7 feet 2. On television, a news reporter struggles to read the bulletin and hands it to the ballerina wearing the most grotesque mask and heaviest weights.
However, she is a well-intentioned character, a loving wife and mother, who tries to comfort her husband by suggesting he removes his handicap weights. The television program was suddenly interrupted for a news bulletin.
Plot[ edit ] In the yearthe th, th, and th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else.
Now watch me become what I can become! When the news announcer is supposed to read a news bulletin he has to hand it to a nearby ballerina because of his speech impediment, and the ballerina then alters her voice to a "grackle squawk" because it would be "unfair" to use her natural voice, described as a "warm, luminous, timeless melody".
He flung away his rubber-ball nose, revealed a man that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder. Great writers sometimes shake up the recipe and add some spice.
Hazel suggests taking a few of the weights out of the bag, but he says if everyone broke the law, society would return to its old competitive ways.
She cries when she sees what happens to her son but due to her impaired faculties quickly forgets the subject of her sorrow.
He calls himself the Emperor and rips off all of his handicaps, along with the handicaps of a ballerina, whom he proclaims his "Empress". He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.
In the race of life, Harrison carried three hundred pounds. She appears ruthless when she kills Harrison and his Empress without warning, and threatens the musicians with a similar fate before the broadcast is interrupted, leaving their future ambiguous.
And then he sat down again.
Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard. The bulletin says that Harrison has escaped from prison. Two of of the eight ballerinas had collapsed to the studio floor, were holding their temples.
And it was easy to see that she was the strongest and most graceful of all the dancers, for her handicap bags were as big as those worn by two-hundred pound men. His eyebrows are shaved off. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on.
But Harrison snatched two musicians from their chairs, waved them like batons as he sang the music as he wanted it played. Harrison placed his big hands on the girls tiny waist, letting her sense the weightlessness that would soon be hers.
Unlike in "Harrison Bergeron", the citizens in The Sirens of Titan choose to wear these handicaps voluntarily as an act of faith towards the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent, although it is suggested that not to do so would invite social condemnation.
Instead of a little ear radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of earphones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses.
Harrison removes her handicaps and mask, revealing a beautiful woman. He urges her not to remember sad things. On TV, an announcer with a speech impediment attempts to read a bulletin. Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set.
And to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with black caps at snaggle-tooth random.
In the first couple paragraphs, we learn that the America of is a world with hundreds more rules and regulations than we have now. And then, in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang!
Exposition The Future is Here! Hazel saw him wince. Harrison thrust his thumbs under the bar of the padlock that secured his head harness. A siren was going off in his head. The minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society?
One April, fourteen-year-old Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel, by the government. He believes that the situation in is better than it had been back in the days when fierce competition reigned in society. Hazel has what is described as perfectly average intelligence, which means that she cannot think deeply about anything.
Hazel commends him for working with his God-given abilities and says he should get a raise simply for trying so hard. It was normal at first-cheap, silly, false.
George recognizes his son for a moment, before having the thought eliminated by his radio.”Harrison Bergeron”, the short story penned by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. inimagines the world in years, where the government has taken complete control over free thought and complete equality has finally been achieved – at a price, of course.
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THE YEAR WASand everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God. Full text of "Harrison Bergeron (& Activity)" See other formats HARRISON BERGERON by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. THE YEAR WASand everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law.
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Home / Literature / Harrison Bergeron / Analysis / Plot Analysis ; We also meet George and Hazel Bergeron, two people whose son, Harrison, has been arrested by the government for being all-around too awesome.
They're watching ballet on TV. You know, like you do when the government has kidnapped .Download