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Harrison bergeron discussion questions
Transcript of Harrison bergeron discussion questions
1. According to the definition of dystopia, what makes this society a dystopia?
7.How do you feel about this society? Do you think it will succeed in making everyone equal? Why or why not?
8. Do you think that loss of personal identity helps people to become equal?
a person or a thing that resists
3. The hideous mask on the ballerinas face.
4. Harrison trying to free himself of all the equipment on his body.
4.Why did George’s thoughts “flee like bandits from a burglar alarm?”
5.Why did Harrison call himself an emperor and take over the T.V. studio to make his display on television?
Harrison bergeron discussion questions
This society is dystopia kind of society because everyone is oppressed, commanded, and not treated humanly.
2.What do you think this society is hoping to achieve by making everyone equal?
I think that this society is hoping to achieve equality for all. They don't want to have anyone to be jealous of anyone else.
3.Why do you think the intelligent and beautiful citizens put up with wearing handicaps?
They have to put up with the handicaps just so they cannot exceed others and make them feel like they're in a lower class.
George's thoughts felt like that because every twenty seconds a loud sound would blast off in his head, causing him to get distracted or interrupted.
Harrison called himself an emperor because he was trying to let people know he was the one willing to bring the change.
6.Why does the story end with Hazel repeating herself?
I think it ends that way because then the reader can know how corrupted the society has gotten and how much damage it has done to peoples minds.
I feel like if I were to be living in this society then I would be very much terrified. I also certainly do not believe that it will succeed in making everyone equal. The way Harrison acted, it shows how others will be willing to do the same as well. Chaos would break out between the government and the people.
No, in fact I think it takes people even farther away from equality. I believe that to be equal you need to let everyone become who they want to be or who they are. Forcing people to act or think in the same way, it takes away all their rights.
watching out for danger carefully
communicating without being clear
a movement of the body out of pain or state of distress
full of light or brightness
reading data off of something for accuracy.
being made up of the same thing in exact proportion
the feeling of anxiety at something that's unexpected
to bend your body down because of fear
to keep on occurring at the same time or at the same rate
"All this equality was
due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing
vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General." (page 1)
"George was toying with the vague
notion that maybe dancers shouldn't be handicapped."(page 1)
"George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas." (page 1)
"Her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless melody."(page 3)
"The picture showed the full length of Harrison against a
background calibrated in feet and inches." (page 3)
"He had outgrown hindrances faster than the H-G men could think them up". (page 3)
"Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness
to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard."
"Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set."(page 3)
"Ballerinas, technicians, musicians, and announcers
cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die."(page 3)
"Harrison and his Empress merely listened to the music for a while-listened gravely, as though
synchronizing their heartbeats with it." (page 4)
1. The deaths of Harrison and the ballerina.
2. The handicap bag around George's neck.
1. Think of the people you see every day in school. How many different “types” of people do you see in the halls every day? (Go ahead and list some stereotypical groups) What do you know about them? Have you ever felt as though you know someone’s personality, even if you’ve never met them, based on what they wear or what music they listen to?
The types of people in groups that I see in school everyday can be listed as the nerds, jocks, popular kids, the athletes, artistic, and so on. I know that they're all very different and the same in many ways. Sometimes I do feel like I know someone based on what they wear or what they do. It shows their personality and I can relate right away if they share it with me.
I remember when I was in middle school I really fit in with a group of people that loved to read and wanted to do well in school. They accepted me as well and we got along really well.
Here is a list of the most common archetypes you will find in literature:
rugged individualist (person who braves being on their own and different)
shrew (bitter old woman)
Earth mother (hippie)
misogynist (man who hates women and disrespects them)
See if you can name the archetype(s) that fit these popular characters:
Archetypes in literature
The Joker: Trickster
The Ugly Duckling: Outcast
Her Fairy Godmother: Earth Mother
Her Stepsisters: Villain
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Innocent
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Villain
Penelope: Faithful companion
Romeo: Rugged individualist
Lord Capulet: Innocent
Harrison Bergeron fits a number of archetypes as well. Which do you think he fits and why? You must name at least three.
1. Hero: He fits this character because he showed that he didn't want to live in that state and gave an example of freedom.
2. Rebel: Harrison resists the government and what they have to say.
3. Innocent: He is innocent because he didn't do anything that was a real problem to the society. It was the governments fault and their rules arrested him.
2. People who fit a certain “type” seem to have many similar character traits and may even seem to share personalities, especially if you do not know them well. They usual-ly hang out and form friendships with other people who fit that “type,” and often these people assimilate to fit in with their chosen group. Can you quickly name a time you assimilated to fit in with a group of people?