"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut

Essay by arturas29Junior High, 9th gradeA+, October 2006

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The story "Harrison Bergeron" is a story about equality. Being equal to one another is not always the best way to live. Everyone is different for a reason and when you are equal, life is boring. Also, when there is a ruler who controls everyone in the world and punishes those who do not listen and do not want to be equa, how the government makes laws or amendments for people to follow helps the world stay in order but causes some problems too.

The government makes up amendments that the people have to follow, and there is no limit to how many they are aloud to have. The government makes the amendments as they find new ideas and reasons to makes them. In the story there are 213 amendments. The amendments in the story are made so that no one is better or less equal to another in every kind of way such as looks, size, and smartness.

Next is the handicapper, or the one who keeps everyone in the world equal to one another by using masks or weights or even a head set that beeps so people can not even think about things. The handicap leader has to control all the people who try to not be equal to other and try to be greater by not listening to her. There is harsh punishment for everything you do to try to prevent from being equal to others. The general has to control what people need such has how much handicap bags you need or what kind of mask the person should wear.

Third is the way of life they have to live in their world with all the laws of equality. The whole purpose of this is so that not one person is better...