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Harrison Bergeron a short story by Kurt Vonnegut details how the future could look for out country With the 211th 212th and 213th amendments handicaps were required for all citizens above the normal level of strength intelligence or other gifts For many people this can be viewed as an inappropriate tax on the able For others who do not receive these punishments the handicaps may seem appropriate to keep the playing field level and make sure that no one cheats in the game of life In many cases this could be seen as dictatorship over the American people Although from a different angle the story can be related to the time period in which it was written At the time there were many things to discriminate about which angered people The author was probably trying to convey the feeling of true equality in which people no longer have the choice to differentiate between others rather it is so hard to see differences and no one cares about a talent because it would be handicapped If everyone was different many details in the story would be different As witnessed throughout the story Harrisons abilities present a danger to the current society Today in our society abilities like Harrisons present a clear advantage for most people Today some measures are taken but in the opposite direction As time progresses things will change but I think that our 2081 will be very different from the imagined world of Vonnegut
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