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Transcript of Harrison Bergeron
- North America, United States
- The studio on live television
- The home of the Bergeron's - Utopian kind of feeling;
all equal and 'normal' - Fear of Harrison when
he entered the studio - Depressing at the end of the story when Harrison was shot - George and Hazel both feel
equal to everyone around them - Depressed and sad to
see their son killed - Harrison felt superior
with his perfection The Negative Impact of a Utopian Society: The Power of Media: - In 2081, the government enforced laws which made everyone equal.
- Handicaps are enforced upon those who were completely average or above average. E.g.: Beautiful people were forced to wear masks, strong people were to wear weights, intelligent ones wore transmitters to interrupt their smart ideas
- The story begins with George and Hazel Bergeron watching ballerinas on TV. Harrison Bergeron, George and Hazel's son, was so perfect, was taken away to jail Initial incident: When Harrison Bergeron is taken away by the government and is put in jail for suspicion of overthrowing the government. He eventually breaks out of jail later in the story. Conflict: Man vs. Man & Man vs. Society Man vs. Man: Harrison vs. the Handicap General
Man vs. Society: Harrison vs. the way society/government is run Complications: - the handicap implanted in George causes him to lose track of his thoughts through loud random interruptions
- the dancers are weighted down by weights and are covered up by horrible masks Suspense: - when Harrison Bergeron escapes from prison and enters the studio of where the broadcast of him is being reported
- he begins to remove the handicaps of the dancers the musicians, a dangerous thing to be doing
- Bergeron declares himself as Emperor and asks for the next one to rise will be his Empress Foreshadow - George was
thinking about his son, he is
interrupted by a gun shot - the gunshot foreshadows the
upcoming death of Harrison when the Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, enters the studio with a gun Climax - Harrison enters the studio with his
- The handicaps of everyone in the
studio are removed to allow them all
to be at their best ability possible Falling Action - Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glamper, shoots Harrison and his Empress Outcome The outcome of the story ends with the TV tube burning out and the screen going black for Hazel and George. They both have a hard time absorbing what had just happened on television and because of George’s handicap and Hazel’s low intelligence, they both forget what was going on. - the disadvantages of total equality restricts individuality, freedom, and expression
- conflicts are non-existent because all of society is equivalent to one another; competition among population is absent - the television expresses the dominant and controlling society
- the media broadcasted on television was to enforce governmental laws and display the consequences for those who dare to disobey it. Characters - Small amount of happiness when handicaps are being removed in the studio by Harrison - Harrison was a symbol of freedom, individuality, and hope
- Hazel resembles the Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glamper very much which symbolizes how someone as stupid as Hazel is actually running the government believing that it's considered 'normal' - the fact that Harrison had been trying to set himself and other free to gain power to be different but died
- dramatic irony is when Harrison's parents could not recall what they were crying or being depressed about when Harrison was shot - third person limited omniscient Motif: - the re-occurring sounds lead begin as vague sound that may just be happening but end up escalating to the very death of Harrison - a character who only reveals a few characteristics
- the characters are flat because no one goes through a drastic change 2) Flat 4) Static - a character that undergoes very minimal change; does not grow or develop
- the characters are static because none of them were described to the extent where we were fully able to understand their
psychological complexity. 1) Round - a very well described and developed character 3) Dynamic - a character that permanently changes in outlook, attitude, personality, etc. 5) Realistic - a character who is believable pertaining to real life. 6) Stereotypical - a character perceived with a widely held but fixed and oversimplified
image. 7) Motivation Harrison Bergeron: fight for liberty and prove to the government that they were wrong.
Diana Moon Glampers: As Handicapper General, her goal was to ensure equality amongst everyone 8) Character Foil - Harrison and Diana Moon Glampers
- between the two characters they possess goals of the opposite: One being a Utopian Society, and the other not. 9) Methods of Characterization a) Direct Description: how the character is described directly by the author
b) Name Analysis: paying attention to background meaning/significance (if any) of the author's choice of names for the characters
c) Actions: perception of how the character behaves and on the character's attitude
d) Dialogue: what the character says and how they deliver it. This includes the tone and diction determining how the character is convey.
e) Thoughts: can only be analyzed when, to us,what is occurring inside the character's head is reveals
f) Reaction of Others: verbal, physical, or emotional responses from other characters towards a another one being analyzed.
g) Action/Incident: the way a character reacts when faced a situation. After the incident, it may determine how a character develops in the story.
h) Physical/Emotional Setting: setting affects development of characters. Physical- where the story takes place. Emotional - emotions the character is dealing with throughout the story