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In "Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut presents a view of a future society, where everyone is equal. "Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else

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Larisa Knyazeva Professor Hile English 2 23 October 2005 Bad side of Equality In "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut the author gives the reader an ironic possibility of government institution turning against human race in order to achieve a perfect equality by the means of technological evolution. The theme of absolute equality has been prevailing the modern society for many decades. People tried to gain a society where different people have the same status in a certain respect in every aspect of life. The obsession with equality, unfortunately in this story, has been achieved by handicapping the most intelligent, athletic or beautiful members of society. In "Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut presents a view of a future society, where everyone is equal. "Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else." (Vonnegut 243). ...read more.


Modern society is the product of relatively recent revolutionary change. All the revolutions were seeking to gain power over people and as they claim equality for the people. Thanks to it, the world became a place where democracy, liberty, and equality became the new goals of government. Equality of the sexes in politics and economics, women's liberation movement, gay rights for homosexuals and the freedom afforded by contraception allowed for greater personal choices in these intimate areas of personal life. ("Modern World" 2). All of these are achievements of modern society. People try to eliminate racism and sexism, they fight for their rights. Government passes laws to bring people to forget about past prejudices. The society in "Harrison Bergeron" succeeded in eliminating these prejudices. The result was that people lost their individuality and freedom, and all of this became possible because of technological knowledge that people have now a days. ...read more.


They weren't encouraged to speak their opinion because it would bring secret service again them, and eventually the whole family would be put in jail. And this is probably what Kurt Vonnegut tried to warn us in "Harrison Bergeron". Don't let anything or anyone deprive you of your individuality and freedoms. Otherwise you will lose your humanity as well. If we continue in striving for perfect equality, we could end up like the society in "Harrison Bergeron". "The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal," the story began. "They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal in every which way." (Vonnegut 243). This citation brings communist dreams alive. This is how the world would look if Communism would be still around. The sad part is that some countries are still communist, and they are not allowed to see the ironic part of the story. In this story, Vonnegut probably wanted to warn our society of similar kind of equality, equality that won't bring any good for human race. ...read more.

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