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Following the Plot in Harrison Bergeron A plot is described as a pattern of events or the main story in a narrative or drama The traditional way of a plot would be to use the freytag pyramid This was coined by the 19th century thinker Gustav Freytag He said that a narrative or short story follows a pyramid and has 5 points At the bottom of the pyramid is the exposition followed by a rising action At the top of the pyramid is the crisis or turning point for the story Then on the way back down the pyramid is the falling of action then at the bottom of the other side of the pyramid is denouement In the short story Harrison Bergeron the plot follows this pyramid precisely In the beginning of Harrison Bergeron the exposition is first This involves explaining the setting and the characters His first sentence explains the year which was 2081 and everyone was equal This gives you an understanding of when this takes place and that everyone will be equal Kurt Vonnegut pounds this for the characters by saying things such as Nobody was smarter than anybody else Nobody was better looking than anybody else Nobody was stronger or quicker than anyone else He then goes on to write that amendments were made to insure that everyone was equal He then speaks of the Handicapper General and its agents George and Hazel Bergeron are introduced into the story Hazel had perfectly average intelligence which meant she couldnt think about anything accept in short bursts George though had above average intelligence and was forced to wear a radio that transmitted loud sounds that interrupted any thought process he might have had He also had to wear a handicapped bag around him at all
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