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Transcript of Harrison Bergeron
By: Kurt Vonnegut
A Story of Equality
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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
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)
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
The Author's World:
African American Civil Rights Movement
1898 - Plessy V. Ferguson --> Jim Crowe Laws
"Separate but Equal"
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"