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Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron - Kurt Vonnegut Jr,
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- Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Harrison Bergeron Harrison Bergeron About the author - His stories, especially this one are very satire in nature
- Conveying the idea of “How much is too much”
- Showcasing “Too much equality” through an enjoyable story that gets to the reader.
- Vonnegut also displays the governments stubbornness and extremism in this. Possible because he was proclaimed dead accidentally which lead to his mother committing suicide.
- Vonnegut’s stories became famous because they were based on personal experiences and seemed “real” but also because at the time most people could relate to his own feelings. Overarching Ideas Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was a soldier serving in WWII.
His expdriences from war inspired him to write many of his books such as Slaugterhouse-Five.

As one of the only survivers of the 106th Infantry division he was awarded the Purple Heart in June of 1945 on his return to the U.S.A.

His experienced inspired him to be an active community leader and humanist. He served under many commitees such as the American Humanist Association, to which he served as president.

His stories served to educate people about war, strife and the government through an entertaining way. Influences Harrison Bergeron was released in video several times first through a 1995 cable television series loosely adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 short story of the same name. It was produced for Showtime, and first screened on August 13, 1995. It was released to VHS in 1998. Adaptations Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Harrison Bergeron was published in October of 1961 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Harrison Bergeron is a Story based
on the U.S.A in 2081. In this story
everyone is finally "equal". Due to the 212the, 213th and 214th Amendments to the constitution;
everyone who has above average intelligence is given a handicap to make them normal. People who are stronger are to wear weights to make them "average" and those who are good looking have to wear hideous masks. These Rules are enforced by the Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers and her agents. Anyone who removes their handicaps or uses "illegal" advantage of their skills will be fined and imprisoned. Prologue The story focuses on the Bergeron's and their son Harrison. George Bergeron has an above average intelligence. This requires
him to wear a ear transmitter that monitors his brain waves and prevents him from taking unfair advnatage of his brain. Hazel is perfectly average and has no handicaps. During April, George and Hazel's 14-year-old son, Harrison was taken away.
He was born with intelligence and strength like no other. He outgrew his handicaps faster than the Handicappers coulds think them up. For this reason he was imprisoned. Current Day: Hazel and George are watching Ballerinas on TV. George has just returned for work and is tired so he is laying on the sofa. Hazel suggests that George should take off his handicaps. He reminds her that he would get sent to prison and would be fined $2000 for every weight-ball he took off. The show is interrupted for a news bulletin. A photo flashes on screen and the newscaster reads: Harrison Bergeron has escaped from prison! George remembers his son but his handicaps quickly pick up his brain wave spikes and send him into excrusiating pain. Harrison enters the stage where the ballerinas are performing and rips off his handicaps. He stands 7-feet tall and wears weights of over 300-pounds. He tell a ballerina to take her handicaps off and dances with her while the musicians play. Then Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General
enters the room. She is holding a double-barreled shortgun.
She shoots twice. Harrison and the ballerina are dead before they hit the ground She tells the musicians to put their handicaps back on. AT this point the Bergeron's TV tube burns out. George gets a searing pain in his head, no doubt the
working of his handicaps and hazel says "Gee, I could tell that
was a doozy." George says "Boy, you could say that again." Hazel then repeats herself. A movie named “Harrison Bergeron” was made in 2006. Though it did not earn any fame. Another Movie named “2081” was made in 2009. It was based upon the short story. Here's the trailer: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. first served as a soldier duting WWII. Kurt Vonnegut's experience as a soldier and prisoner of war had a profound influence on his later work. As a private with the 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on December 19, 1944, after the 106th was cut off from the rest of the army. Imprisoned in Dresden, Vonnegut was chosen as a leader because he spoke some German. After telling the German guards “just what he was going to do to them when the Russians came...." he was beaten and had his position as leader taken away. He wrote many short stories including Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and Harrison Bergeron. The End
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