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Harrison Bergeron

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Nicole Ma

on 25 November 2014

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"Harrison Bergeron"
Presented by Eric Jaroszewski, Raj Gandhi, Nicole Ma and Ricky Shan.
In the year of 2081, in the United States of America, everyone is finally equal due to the new amendments.
People are "handicapped" with special devices if they are too intelligent, athletic, or more talented than anyone else.

Freytag's Plot Diagram of "Harrison Bergeron"
Inciting Incident
Harrison Bergeron is shown on the news for being wanted by the Handicapper General for being under handicapped, and therefore unequal from the rest of the world.
Rising Action
Harrison Bergeron makes an appearance in the TV show by breaking down the doors and entering on the stage as George and Hazel continue watching.
Falling Action
Harrison tears off his handicaps, removes the handicaps of one of the dancers and all of the musicians.
We enter the lives of George and Hazel Bergeron as we progress throughout the story.
George was a handicapped man due to his intelligence while Hazel had only an average intelligence.
Harrison Bergeron, their son fourteen years of age, had been taken away by the Handicapped Generals.
The show continues as Harrison dances majestically with the ballerina and defies the laws of physics as he flies through the air with grace.
George Bergeron
: Round. Dynamic. Very intelligent man that is handicapped to disable him from taking advantage of his intelligence. Smart yet careful and does not want to get involved with the law. Believes that equality is much better than competition.
Preview of the Story
George Bergeron's back troubles due to the lead weights he carries-
man vs. environment
Harrison Bergeron dealing with the Handicapper General-
man vs. society
The Handicapper General dealing with Harrison -
man vs. man
Hazel Bergeron
: Flat. Static. Average intelligent woman who does not need to be handicapped. She is not bright yet she is positive and kind. She compliments the ballerinas, praises the announcer, and weeps for her son.
What we Know
Harrison Bergeron
: Round. Dynamic. defies the government. Extremely intelligent, athletic, and was under handicapped. Equivalent to Superman. He was caught by the police but escaped jail. A genius and the last defiance against this 'equality' in the world. Was killed in the very end by the Handicapper General.
The Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, kills Harrison and the dancer by shooting them with a shotgun.
The people of the world who watched forgot what has happened because of the handicaps. The laws and handicaps remained the same for years to come.
Kurt Vonnegut uses
to show that Harrison and a beautiful ballerina display beauty and grace, something which certainly makes them unequal to everyone else."They leaped like deer on the moon."(Page 5, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)
Vonnegut also uses
verbal irony
near the beginning of the story to show the people's comfort with the new laws: "Some things about living still weren't quite right, though. April for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. "(Page 1, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)
-Story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
A winner is you.
Used to control people's inner thoughts by the Handicapped Generals
The television is a messenger
Weights are burdens. Each and every weight Harrison Bergeron carries pulls him down physically, but not mentally. They motivate him to get out, after carrying all the weights, it only makes him stronger.
Harrison Bergeron
Masks hide a part of who you are, it hides your identity, and it takes away a part of who you are.
Harrison Bergeron is a symbol of individuality, freedom, and defiance. He is against the government. He can also be looked as a Christ figure because he carries a ginormous burden. He sacrifices himself to deliver a message across to the people.
Handicapper General Diana Moon Glampers:
Flat. Static. Represents the law. Does not allow anyone to defy the law. Killed Harrison Bergeron because of defiance. Maintains order and complete equality throughout the U.S.
Who is Kurt Vonnegut Jr.?
Vonnegut's experiences throughout WWII caused him to question many of the power structures of the U.S such as the government, corporations, and military.
He was concerned with situations that didn't allow an individual opportunities to improve. He didn't believe that everyone could be better, but he believed that everyone should have an opportunity to try. He was against any form of suppression that prevented anyone from trying.
Source List
"ABOUT KURT VONNEGUT." Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works. New York: Dell, 1968. Web.
Born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
His father gave up on life during the Depression, and his mother became an alcoholic, and a drug addict.
Wrote in high school, and edited papers.
Entered the army at the age of 16 to fight in WWII
Survived by accident in a bombing, thus his experience lead to his literary masterpiece,
Mother passed away due to overdose
After the war, he married Jane Cox and had three kids
Kurt's sister passed away because of cancer two days after her husband passed away in a train wreck. Kurt took in three of her kids.
Worked as an advertiser to raise money for his family, and wrote short stories on the side
Became one of the most famous writers on earth in the 1970's because of his writing
Marriage fell apart during the 1970's after his children grew up. He moved from Cape Cod to NYC and suffered writers block
Later remarried in 1979 to a photographer name Jill Krementz, and began writing more novels
Through the late 80's and 90's, he was like a spokesman
Passed away on April 11, 2007, after a fall
"HARRISON BERGERON." Harrison Bergeron. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.
Figurative Language
Every "perfect world" has its own flaws. Equality is dangerous, there will be no such thing as individuality, uniqueness, competition, and no new experiences among people. What people would have to go though to be the same as everyone else will be torturous, equality will cost our freedom and our will to be who we truly are.
SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.
"HARRISON BERGERON." Harrison Bergeron. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2014
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