It is a story that warns us that even the most noble of goals can be twisted if society isn't careful. One April, fourteen-year-old Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel, by the government. After Harrison removes her mental handicap, weights, and mask, she performs a lovely dance with him before being killed by Diana Moon Glampers. Finally, the author states the story takes place in the future, when in fact he can be referring to th … e past or present. The intelligent members of the society are handicapped by wearing radios that play loud sounds at random intervals. The society in the story focuses on the ideal of equality where intelligence and strength have been destroyed in the process.
Instead of finding a way to improve the intelligence or strength of weaker members of society, the government handicaps the stronger members. Lesson Summary 'Harrison Bergeron' is dystopian fiction, a story based on a society whose attempt to achieve perfection goes horribly wrong. Also the technology is different so harrison also has to fight the technology that hampers him. Phillipa is a spy, and Harrison has been chosen to join the nation's hidden leaders his family is told he died on the operating table. He says she can say that again, and she repeats that it sounded like a doozy. The ending is hopeful but cautious, implying that there will always be a small subculture holding ideals unacceptable to the majority.
Check out our article on and the six common dystopian elements you and your students can track throughout the story! Point of View From George's point of view, he wants to be able to think about things more into depth, but the mental handicapper makes loud irritating sounds in his ear. Imagine a society where everyone is average. Rating: Imagine a society where everyone is average. The absence of differences in abilities, appearance, and intelligence paints a very grim picture of the world. He says that he is the emperor, the greatest ruler in history, and that everyone must obey him. He screams that he is the emperor, names one of the ballerinas his empress, and offers to make the musicians dukes and earls.
Actual birdshot pellets are small, round metal balls used in shotgun shells. Unfortunately, he is also insane. Another symbol in the story is the birdshot that the stronger members of society are forced to carry to make them equal to the weaker citizens. When the announcer gives her the news to read, she speaks briefly in a beautiful voice before apologizing and making her voice ugly. But Harrison goes above and beyond all expectations. Harrison Bergeron - The son of George and Hazel Bergeron. Apparently the rules do not apply to her.
Falling Action In the middle of the dance, Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, arrives with a shotgun and shoots the ballerina and Harrison, killing them both. Scatterbrained, dumb, and helpless, Hazel is also sweet and well intentioned. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm. Rising Action Hang On, Let's Think About This for a Second. He is seven feet tall, highly intelligent and according to the government, under-handicapped.
Harrison, though, represents everything the society opposes. They try again and do better. In the absence of these things, there is also no rebellion, which allows the government to maintain complete control over its citizens. He and the ballerina begin to dance, leap, and twirl around the set. The narrator explains that Hazel strongly resembles Diana Moon Glampers, Handicapper General. The story starts in 2081, a time when the government of the United States has finally established equality for all its citizens.
Many consider it inhumane because it often shatters inside the body, weakening and injuring without killing. The Handicapper General and a team of agents ensure that the laws of equality are enforced. Then he rips off all of his handicaps. In 2053, after the Second American Revolution, it has been determined that for society to thrive, everyone must be of equal skill and intelligence. George wears a 47-pound bag of birdshot around his neck.