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Transcript of Harrison Bergeron
Class Discussion Question
Is this story mainly a commercial piece of fiction or a literary piece of fiction?
How far is too far when trying to promote equality among people? Is equality possible? Is it necessary for the betterment of society?
1. What do you think is the theme of the story? Is there more than one?
2. Review the times when George’s mental handicap sounds. What do you notice about it? Does it occur at significant times?
3. Is Harrison presented as a hero? Do you sympathize with him?
4. Hazel is crying at the beginning and end of the story. Review these passages. What does this suggest about television?
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Isabella Del Priore, Rachel Pennella, Marissa Kelland
Our Interpretation of the Story
point of view: observer, third person objective
handicaps contrast with our society where we are encouraged to excel
published in 1961- civil rights movement
effect of television
criticizing communism or socialism
fine line between giving advantages to underprivileged people and taking them
away from the gifted
Diana Moon Glampers
authority destroys "equality"
the ultimate average
Sometimes total equality can have negative impacts on society's function.
sounds intensify throughout story
goes off at opportune times
Hazel - same action beginning and end - TV looped? Story staged?
criticizing impact of TV or our ignorance towards it?
Hero: breaks laws of nature and society
overcomes oppression and restraint
Zero: becomes tyrant
What do you think she represents?