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Transcript of Harrison Bergeron
Presentation by: Alex K, Sara H, Samantha R, Lucille W, & Humza R
By: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Protagonist: Harrison Bergeron
He is the one person in the text, who is a better person in every way, rebels against the over bearing government.
Antagonist: Handicapper General Diana Moon Glampers
Desires to foil Harrison’s plan to go against her regulations
Hazel - the epitome of an average human
George - story takes place from his point of view
Lets play would you rather...?
Differences in power = unequal
in his refusal to conform
Individuality is necessary for every human being and it is what hinders us from having equity.
limitations placed upon the society by the government
Society is really NOT equal.
Sense of freedom, uniqueness, and the liberty to present one's individuality.
true component of what makes life interesting.
"...in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang!"(5).
About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Youngest out of the three siblings
Mother was extremely depressed all throughout her life
He attended Cornell University for English
At age 20 Vonnegut served in U.S. Army during WWII and was captured by Germans in the Battle of the Bulge
At age 22 his mom committed suicide
Known for his satirical literary style and science-fiction elements in much of his work.
Literature questioned the purpose of humanity's existence
Emerged as a novelist in the 1960s, writing classics such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions before 1980.
Vonnegut died April 11, 2007 at the age of 84
3rd person limited~the thoughts of one character is displayed.
The only person that the reader is presented with some insight into the thoughts of is George.
Point of View
Harrison Bergeron escapes from his imprisonment and introduces the major conflicts.
This event sets the story in motion as Harrison Bergeron rebels against 2081 America's bondage and jeopardizes his life.
Once Harrison escapes from jail, he shows up at the studio
Everyone thinks that they are going to die.
Man vs. Society
All of the people in 2081 America are expected and forced to be equal to one another
Harrison Bergeron actively disrupts society by breaking its rules
Man vs. Man
Diana Moon Glampers, the "Handicapper General", is responsible for issuing and enforcing the handicap ordinances to maintain equality
Harrison Bergeron violates her authority
Primary conflict that demonstrates absence of equality and builds tension as Harrison Bergeron is subject to severe consequences for breaking the law
Community's thoughts about someone being more skillful the themselves or another person.
The remaining musicians put their handicaps back on
Everything in the society returns to normal.
The government retains superiority over the community so everything remains without equity.
Harrison Bergeron and the ballerina are shot.
Harrison Bergeron removes his handicaps and declares himself Emperor
He violates the law of the community and encourages others to do the same.
Society where everyone is and wants to be equal in every way.
Diana Moon Glampers- Antagonist
"They leaped like deer on the moon" (4).
"...Harrison looked like a walking junkyard" (3).
"The photograph of Harrison Bergeron on the screen jumped again and again, as though dancing to the tune of an earthquake" (4).
" ...intelligence way above normal, had a little metal handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times "(1).
" 'I am the Emperor!'... Harrison plucked the mental handicap from her hear, snapped off her physical handicaps with marvelous delicacy"(4).
-The comparison of Harrison with the junkyard establishes that the government makes the life of the community worse, not better through the mental and physical limitations.
-miserable tone towards the life of the community.
- how much the government has kept community captivated
-freedom at last
The government has found a way to make true equality by using various methods of handicapping physical and mental abilities that are above average.
Harrison is a genetic perfection who refuses to conform and is imprisoned
What is the cost of true equality among humanity?
How does the story show why humanity is driven to violence?
Some governments have violent responses towards those who go against the grain
The mediocre musicians begin to play beautifully and Harrison and a ballerina begin to dance even more so
Diana Moon Glampers enters the studio with a gun in her hand.
-The use of living actions to characterize an inanimate object serves as a demonstration of the life that is being brought into an inanimate and lifeless community by the protagonist.
Draw a sketch of what the difference between true equality and equity that presents the primary difference between the power level of the government and the community.
Vonnegut Jr., Kurt. "Harrison Bergeron."
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction