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Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut T his film portrays numerous facets of human psychology linked with themes that portray a bleak future for the human species Among these themes are the importances of individuality the need for knowledge of ones history and the stunning affect that one individual can produce through his vision of the truth The government in this futuristic world of 2053 has manipulated human intelligence to the point where all persons are required to wear bands that rest on their temples These bands electronically modify intelligence effectively increasing or decreasing natural IQs to the point where everyone is average Obviously these new ideals have no basis in reality While equality must be striven for in many aspects it is the differences between people that comprise the backbone of modern society As discussed above the bands that citizens must wear are incredibly intrusive in their lives disturbing natural thought and emotions The motive behind the donning of these bands is that equality will eliminate hatred envy and war While this does prove true numerous side effects such as loss of identity lack of original thought and conformity to a preset status quo manifest themselves as well Indeed in school students are commended for obtaining a C in all of their subjects being average is considered excellent Below are two examples of bell curves the first models modern societys realistic view of grades with respect to ability while the second portrays the utopian goal of the world in 2053 where ideals are severely distorted This eradication of diversity in the future leads to a new Constitution which states that all men are NOT created equal it is the governments duty to render them so with mental handicaps Thus zombie like creatures mere shells of human beings are produced Another theme in the movie is that ignorance of the past leads to a bleak future Current events
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