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Year 2081 and everyone in America is equal to one another Nobodyis smarter better looking stronger or quicker than anyone else It isbecause of the 211th 212th and 213th Amendments to the Constitution It is April Handicapper Generals men take away George and Hazel Bergerons 14-year-old son Harrison The couple are sitting watching ballerinas dance on television George has an intelligence way above normal and is required by law to wear a little mental handicap radio in his ear which is tuned into a government transmitter George looks tired to Hazel so she suggests he make a little whole in the 47-pound handicap bag to let out some lead balls Instead George says he doesnt want to be put in prison for doing something like that He said if everyone started to do that then theyd be back to the Dark Ages where everyone was competing one another Meanwhile the television program was interrupted for a news bulletin One of the ballerinas tookthe bulletin to read since the announcer was having trouble reading it She said that Harrison Bergeron had escaped from jail where he was held on suspicion for plotting to overthrown the government He is regarded as extremely dangerous for he was under-handicapped and a genius The police photograph of Harrison was flashed on the screen Instead of wearing a little ear radio for mental handicap he wore a huge pair of earphones and spectacles with thick wavy lenses They made him half blind and gave him banging headaches All of a sudden Harrison entered the studio Everyone was down on their knees expecting to die Harrison cried he was the Emperor and was going to rule He tore away the handicaps headphones and spectacles and threw them against the wall He said the first woman to rise to her feet would be his Empress When one of the ballerinas arose Harrison snatched off her mental handicap from her ear and her physical
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