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harrison bergeron

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Connie Cheung

on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of harrison bergeron

the project
George's Pain
Throughout the short story, "Harrison Bergeron," we see the story unfold, through George's eyes. Seeing things through George's point of view brings us to experience his emotional ride, allowing us to connect with the character. This makes George's feelings as crucial as the many events that make up the story. "You are the Pan" is an soundtrack from the movie, Hook*. This track is a wonderful representation of George's emotional journey. At the beginning, a grim tone is set as George is miserable in life, with handicap that often made him go "white and trembling"(60). This is quickly changed as the song and story progress, when the action begins. Emotionally moved by the events before his eyes, this is where he sees a light. Hope. A Passionate mood is set. This is short lived as the story and song are near its end. Indeed
it takes a sharp turn as the outcome of the journey unfolds.

“Harrison Bergeron” is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut .Jr, uses the ballerina as a model to promote his beliefs against the government’s actions. Harrison shows his defiant personality when he takes control of the television studio and tear the handicaps from himself, the ballerina, and the musicians. This passage is significant because it is the first move of a chess match; that is by introducing the main cause of the conflict. When Harrison removes her physical and mental handicap, it symbolizes liberation from the government. To the citizens who are watching the television, the breaking of the chain is different from the norm. This creates a realization that they have the inner ability and creativity that each person has without being confined by the physical and mental handicap. In comparison to the beginning, the ballerina is weighted down by “sash weights and bags of birdshots” and has her face masked. The weights and the mask hinder her beauty and make her unable to dance with expression. The start of “Merry Go Round” fully represents their freedom with its calm and graceful music. Later, Harrison takes the ballerina by her hand and dances with her. This transition to the uplifting waltz emblems the experience of “explosion of joy and grace” when they dance as if
they had “weightlessness.” Towards the end, the song changes to dark and
vivid notes. This foreshadows the next devastating event that will happen
shortly when there are amidst in dancing.
Harrison Bergeron
soundtrack project
by: Connie Cheung
Samantha Chow
Tiffany Wong
Harrison Bergeron, is a short story of a dystopian representation of the future written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.. Inspired by the saddening and corrupt scenes of the story, in this project, we venture to interpretate the ups and downs of the story as well as the major themes through the medium of music.

In the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the protagonist Harrison Bergeron is put to his death by the repressive government's representative, Diana Moon Glampers. His death is finalized when she "fired twice"(64) and "were dead before they hit the floor" (64). The death of Bergeron is portrayed through the song, "Son of War" by Two Steps from Hell. The track is played with growing intensity through the repetitive notes. The scene and music refers back to "society" in Harrison's world. Using a fast pace song proves the governments control and power over its citizens. In
compaison to the previous song, "Merry
Go Round," this track is much darker, which
signifies the change in power from the protagonist
to the corrupted government.
The composed song is a representation of the tragic ending of the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.. In the short story, the father of Harrison Bergeron, George, is blessed with intelligence while results in a mental handicap. His wife, Hazel, on the other hand has a perfect average intelligence. When their son was killed on live television, Hazel experienced extreme sorrow but was unable to pinpoint the reason because she stated that "I forget. Something real sad on television." (64). The composed song symbolizes Hazel's anguish and remorse through its slow melody. The music is sad yet peaceful, displaying the fact that although she is grieving, she cannot recall the reason why.
Incoming News
To the citizens, Harrison Bergeron is known as an escaped prisoner who wants to subvert the current government based on the television announcer. Later, he appears in the television himself, awing and scaring many people. By how Vonnegut describes their daily activities, it seems that the television plays an important role, because it is the only source to know about current events and to be entertained. This shows that the television is a powerful tool in this society. The government uses this advantage to manipulate and control what the people should know and should not know about. We can see this when Harrison is “regarded as extremely dangerous” with the picture of him that seems to fully support the reason as to why Harrison can be a potential threat. This shows the information by social media can create bias against those who seem to be different. For example, Harrison wears heavier handicaps that most people do not wear. At the same time, it is understandable why Harrison breaks into the television to get his message across; because he knows that everyone is so reliant on what they are told on the television. We used “Septimus” to create a parallel to this moment. The beginning of “Septimus” has an ascending volume from the sound of stirring violins to the start of beating drums. This build up creates the same suspense to the audience listening to the music as they would if they were watching the breaking news. As the song progresses to 0:09, there is a faster pace provoking the sense of incoming danger to their lives. This song become slightly faster at 0:19 too. The slower and slurred notes at
the end, near 0:53, correspond to George’s, Harrison’s father, repulse to know that the person on
the screen is his son. It also displays many of the citizen’s reaction have been decreased either
because of disinterest or the constant buzzer in there ear that stops deep thoughts from occurring.

by: Connie
by: Tiffany
by Tiffany
by: Samantha
music and paragraph written by: Samantha
*movie title
* movie title(underlining / italicizing problem)

In the first few paragraphs of the short story "Harrison Bergeron," we are engulfed into a world where society is different from what we are use to. "Mind Heist," is an soundtrack from the movie Inception*. This track is fast pace with hard beats giving it a 'dark' yet saddening feel. This track can almost be symbolize as a factory in the Industrial Revolution, organized with hundreds of people in harsh conditions working efficiently, but in a painstakingly manner. Comparing the society in "Harrison Bergeron," to "Mind Heist," we can signify how people of this world are trapped under and oblivious to the bidding of their corrupt environment. "Mind Heist" is a track that
perfectly embodies what the current state of
Harrison's world.

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