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10 The story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut is a tale that I believe admonishes or cautions us about a reality that has in fact been based on what Vonnegut may have considered a likely future for his own world In this future every particular individual is as equal as everybody else whether they were born that way or were given special handicaps to hide gifts such as beauty brains and athletic ability In the way he describes it though Vonnegut makes us fear any way of life that comes close to his imaginary one For instance in Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut starts out by saying how things just werent quite right a key set of words that already unravels the readers thoughts on the good of such a society In addition the author also describes the pain and suffering any citizen with an uncommon quality must go through on a frequent basis which of course instantly instills uneasiness in the reader and the notion of living in an environment like this A few examples of this include George and his ear piece that constantly blurts mind-numbing noises into his ear and brings him to tears the ballerina and her mask to hide her good-looks and lastly Harrison and his armor and weights made to hinder his speed agility and strength However this whole idea of desperation is turned around when our hero Harrison emerges the reader then believes that there may be hope for change or rebellion in such a society until suddenly the general destroys the opinion by killing this one man who could have succeeded once again warning us and bringing forth the truth about the utter hopelessness of staging an upheaval against a government that has the ability to effectively control events and people Moving onto my next point I do agree with the belief that this short story was probably influenced by the events that were happening when Vonnegut
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