Harrison Bergeron

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Harrison Bergeron, projected on a stage representing the conformity of a society with a system of Government based on equality for the weak, which are monitored and controlled by a dictatorial Government.

This story is a literary sample that gives us a system of Government, where the law was created with the intention of limiting the individuals and turning them into beings with actuation equality, controlling them through the transmitters or obstacles in their body for that people could not exercise freely their natural abilities and any kind of right view.

According to Jose Alvarez," if all was equal in every purpose, various obstacles would not be required "A Government limited for the weak, in a society where the control was only exercised by the Government and the people had no right to freedom of expression".

Showing a dictatorial system, where the law are made without the consensus of the society, depriving to individuals that can develop a free world, keeping the people controlled and disabled mental and physically and the peoples cannot do anything to exit oppression, by fear of violating the law and generate chaos in society.

Harrison Bergeron 2

We could set a comparison between the Harrison Bergeron scenario and the theory of Marx, indicating “the determinant variable is the mode of production. Changes in this

produce changes in the way in which groups are attached to production technology.

This economic determinism is reflected in Marx’s theory of law. Marx’s theory of law, which has greatly influenced social and jurisprudential thinking throughout the world, may be summarized in three principal assumptions: (1) Law is a product of evolving economic forces; (2) law...

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...a world of real equality, where don’t have dreams, competition and where are led by a Government that mark and try as disabled.

A society subject, that living under the total control of a Government, which thinks only about their own interest and has a society without right, without consensus, without participation in the creation of laws, and without the ability to grow through education and work.


Law and Society, Ninth Edition, by Steven Vago. Published by Prentice Hall. Copyright © 2009 by Pearson Education, Inc

Joseph Alvarez, “An Overview of ‘Harrison Bergeron’,” in Short Stories for Students, The Gale Group, 1999.

Schatt, Stanley. “The Short Stories,” in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Boston: Twayne, 1976, pp. 119-35.
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