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Harrison Bergeron

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Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron
By: Kurt Vonnegut

A Story of Equality
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
(1922-2007)
American Science Fiction writer who focused on human rights.

American WWII Veteran, experiences led him to believe in pacifism and humanism. (EVERY person is important)
Genre: Science Fiction
A genre, or type of story dealing with the people, technologies and societies of the future.
Subgenre: Dystopian Fiction
in 1516, St. Thomas More wrote a book called "Utopia" that described the perfect city in the perfect world.
What does it mean
to be
equal
?
Most science fiction occurs when an author takes an aspect of the current world and imagines what it will be like in the future.
Famous names in SciFi:
Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek)
Isaac Asimov (I, Robot, Nightfall)
Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Robert Heinlin (Starship Troopers)
In Greek:
u = ("not") + topos = ("place") = "no place"
Sci Fi writers began to create stories where they described places that were the opposite of perfect.
Greek: "dys" = difficult or bad
dys + topos = a bad or difficult place
St. Thomas More
(1478-1535)
Cannonized: 1935
The Author's World:
African American Civil Rights Movement
1955-1968
1898 - Plessy V. Ferguson --> Jim Crowe Laws
"Separate but Equal"
Pre-Assessment
On a piece of LOOSELEAF paper, create a Well-Organized TWO (2) Paragraph response to the following question.
What is your definition of the word "equality"? Why do you feel this way?
Describe a time from your life, or from history that you feel was an example of people not practicing your idea of "equality"
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