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Harrison Bergeron

English 10 Project by Shreeshaa, Mackenzie, Many, Julia, Nik, and Colton

Shreeshaa Goyal

on 4 October 2013

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Transcript of Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron has an above average intelligence, height, strength, and beauty. To cover his greatness, he has to wear big handicaps such as masks and other objects because the H-G people have made everyone in society equal. Harrison wants to bring this to an end and decides to stand up for the citizens of his country who do not realize how absurd their society is becoming. This is why the conflict of the story is man vs. society, where Harrison competes against his society.
Plot Summary
Literary Elements
The theme of the story is no matter what the government does, at the core of humanity is individuality. In our spirits, we strive to be unique individuals. It is about how conformity is bad and individuality is needed in our society. That even in an 'equal' society there will still be competition and status.
By: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Protagonist: Harrison Bergeron
Personality Traits
Physically strong, intelligent, handsome, and tall
Proof: “Nobody had ever borne heavier handicaps.” (Pg. 62)
Risk-taker, ambitious, courageous, and artistic
Proof: He had tried to stand up for his country to make it a better place
Character type: static and round
Antagonist: Diana Moon Glampers
Personality Traits
Serious and unsympathetic
Character type: static and flat
Proof: Diana Moon Glampers kills Harrison and his empress, and threatens to murder the musicians as well if they do not continue to follow her orders.
George Bergeron
Personality Traits
Timid, cautious, law-abiding
Proof: When Hazel suggests removing some weights from the bag around George’s neck, he refuses because he is afraid to break the law (Pg. 60)
Intelligent, thinks analytically, unemotional, and physically strong
Proof: “Hazel turned to comment about the blackout to George. But George had gone out into the kitchen for a can of beer.” This shows that he did not get upset about his son’s death. (Pg. 64)
Character type: static and round
Hazel Bergeron
Personality Traits
Proof: “There were tears on Hazel’s cheeks, but she’d forgotten for the moment what they were about.” (Pg. 59)
Average, kind, and supportive
Proof: “‘He should get a nice raise for trying so hard.’” (Pg. 61)
Character type: static and round
Person vs. Society
Hazel and George were sitting at home watching the ballerinas on the TV. They talked about George’s handicaps and how their 14-year-old son had just
been arrested.
Initiating Incident
The ballerina announces that Harrison Bergeron has escaped from prison. They describe him as extremely dangerous and excelled at everything. Nobody had ever borne heavier handicaps.
Harrison bursts out onto the stage in real life and declares himself the emperor.
As he bellows at the crowd he rips off all his steel handicaps like they were nothing.
A ballerina rises to be his empress and they danced beautifully as they floated to the ceiling.
Harrison had frees the musicians of their handicaps so they can play the music beautifully.
The handicapper general steps out and kills Harrison and the ballerina with a 12 gauge.
Falling Action
The Bergeron’s television tube burns out as George comes back from the kitchen with a beer.
Everything goes back to normal as the handicapper general orders everyone to put their handicaps back on.
The year is 2081, and it takes place in America. The other half of the story takes place through the TV, on the ballerinas’ stage. The mood is set to be futuristic and it lacks emotion
Harrison's actions are foreshadowed when George asks Hazel, "The minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society?" (Pg. 60)
By: Shreeshaa, Mackenzie, Many, Julia, Nik, and Colton
Direct Presentation
It is clear George is angry about the conformity in the city, because everyone is forced to be equal by handicaps and no one can be better than anyone.
Indirect Presentation
It is suggested that Hazel and Diana are somehow related, possibly sisters, when George tells Hazel how similar she looks to Diana.
Through indirect presentation we can infer that Hazel has less than average intelligence.
During the story, the author says "Hazel couldn't think about it very hard. She could only think in short bursts." Then later, Hazel repeats what she said to george, but it was a rhetorical remark he made. "'You can say that again,' George said. 'I could tell that was a doozy' Hazel said'" So, we can infer that Hazel isn't too smart.
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