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Harrison Bergeron - Plot, Setting and Mood

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Transcript of Harrison Bergeron - Plot, Setting and Mood

10 College English
9/3/2014
Plot, Setting and Mood in Harrison Bergeron
Setting
The year is 2081, in the United States.
Exposition
The government handicaps individuals so that they can achieve equality amongst the citizens.
Harrison, a seven-foot-tall, athletic, young man is abducted by the government and placed in jail because he poses a threat to the government's plan of equality for all.
Rising
Action
1. Hazel compliments the dancers while George disagrees. A sudden noise interrupts his thoughts.
CONFLICT!!!
2. Hazel says that she would enjoy hearing the noises, and that she would make a great HG.
3. George has a fleeting thought of Harrison, another noise, Hazel comments that George looks exhausted and that he should lighten his handicap bag, he refuses.
4. On the TV, there is a breaking bulletin that a speech impaired anchor can't announce, so a masked ballerina reads it.
Harrison has escaped from prison and he suddenly appears to proclaim himself emperor and chooses a brave dancer to join him as his empress.
CLIMAX!!!!
Resolution
Harrison dances with his empress on stage and defying gravity, the Handicapper General storms into the studio.
Falling
Action
The Handicapper General shoots Harrison and his empress. The TV screen goes blank, George sees Hazel crying and asks why. She can't remember, but it was sad.
The Government WINS!!!!!
In 2081, in middle America, the government tries to make everyone the same. Harrison Bergeron is a threat to this plan because he is so strong, tall and handsome, and he outgrows all handicaps imposed on him. So he is jailed. His mother, Hazel does not need handicaps because she is average. His father George, needs handicaps because he is intelligent and strong. Harrison escapes from prison and challenges the government on national TV. He and another brave citizen free themselves from their handicaps and dance freely. The Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, kills them for their actions.
Mood
“In a explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang! They reeled, whirled, swiveled, gamboled, and spun. They leaped like deer on the moon.”
Inciting Incident!
The mood in the Bergeron household
is subdued.
What kind of mood does this passage reflect?
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