Prof. Aimee Record
26 February 2014
1st Essay Draft
Toni Marrison’s “Recitatif” describes his main characters, Twyla’s characteristic appearance on how Twyla seems to be happier on praising her mother’s beauty even she was abandoned. While in “Harrison” Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut defines as his hero who desires to change an equal society in which everyone is equal to anyone including physical appearance, such as beauty. Thus, both authors argue differently on beauty. Making everything and everyone to appear gorgeous could help to build a better society.
To begin with, Vonnegut advises that beauty can make a better society every now and then for everyone. Kurt Vonnegut explores his main character, a young fourteen boy, Harrison considered as a handicap because of his abilities to succeed. Harrison is designated as smart, skilled, physically strong, and better looking. However the author inscribes this story based on Harrison’s mind. Vonnegut plots the conflict within Harrison’s morality because Harrison struggles with his desires of making an equal society. Vonnegut chooses to develop Harrison in order to help us readers understand the meaning of equality in his creative society, that no man or woman was supposed to be attractive or beautiful than others. Earlier in the story the government put laws on individual’s physical appearance that everyone should be equal. But Harrison and his empress were above the average of the other. Harrison had power as soon as he declared himself “emperor” and the empress was “extraordinarily beautiful” by the reason why the government killed them. “It was then ...
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...her seem to be behaving and influencing on young teenagers in the wrong way. For example, most of the girls out there praise themselves that they are better looking than the other. As a result, they seem to be manipulative, disrespectful and meant to others. And this creates mainly conflicts, violence in our society today.
In conclusion, it is true that beauty pleased our eyes and consciousness. People have gone far trying to make themselves look lovely. Consequently most of them end up by getting killed or having some disease such as skin cancer. Instead of having only some people being happier than others, as Morrison introduced Twyla, I believe people should be all equal as Vonnegut advocates in her story, that way there will be no longer such as killings, rapped or even manipulating other because of their beauty. Can beauty help to rebuild our society?
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty (Gandhi). The power society has over citizens is explored in the two texts Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. The story Fahrenheit 451 depicts firemen who start fires instead of stop them. In this society censorship is valued and books are a main reason firemen burn. Books give you knowledge and knowledge is power which is what this society tries to prevent. In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” the topic similarly is about censorship in a more extreme way. People must wear masks and handicaps to prevent them from being different or unique. Intelligent people get a sharp noise in their ear every twenty seconds to prevent people from taking unfair advantage of their brains.
Science Fiction is a genre that has the ability to reveal the truth of the society and the dystopian elements that capture today's world. The real problems are shown as well as what important pieces are missing. Fahrenheit 451 forms the idea that our world today focuses on the unimportant and ignorant things in life causing people from this book lack some basic human rights. Additionally, in Harrison Bergeron, the public is forced to wear handicaps that hides their gifts they were born with. This world is forced to be equal and anyone who speaks out against it will be executed. Through the pages of Fahrenheit 451 and the Harrison Bergeron, the real flaws in today's society leading many people to have their freedoms diminished, or taken away are shown.
“Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut is the story about a young boy, Harrison, rebelling against the government that requires everyone to be equal. Diana Moon Glampers, Handicapper General, enforces equality by making citizens wear handicaps, and the author is attempting to convey to the reader that in order to overthrow a Communist government there must be participation from all parties. However, he does this discretely by using symbolism throughout his story, and by the end the reader can assess the problem with complete equality in communist societies. The symbology in “Harrison Bergeron,” not only foreshadows later events in the story, but it also suggests that the story is an allegory to the effects of communism.
In "Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut investigates the topic of constrained balance in American culture not long from now. Vonnegut makes a world in which all living individuals are equivalent in all ways. He concentrates on making uniformity by changing excellence, quality, and knowledge rather than managing race, religion, and sex, the genuine issues of correspondence in the public eye. He composes this story to instruct the lesson that all individuals are not equivalent, but instead, they all have qualities and shortcomings making each exceptionally person.
The society that Vonnegut has created takes equality to a level most of us cannot comprehend. "The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren 't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else." Equality is a great thing that the world should embrace; complete equality though is another issue. In a world of absolute equality, every human would be looked upon nothing more or less than the person beside him or her. Vonnegut highlights these issues of how equality can be taken to the extreme with the handicaps. The handicaps are brutal and seem almost primitive or medieval. Bags filled with lead balls that are attached around Georges neck, or the masks that the ballerinas are forced to wear. The goal is to try and manipulate the population in such way that humans will produce children that are all relativity average and the
Harrison reaches freedom and takes it to the extreme. When he takes over the Television studio, he exclaims, "I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!" (Vonnegut 237). Harrison completely takes away equality. He creates this caste system with him and his queen at the top, which is then to be followed by his loyal subjects. His mentality only brings him to a downfall where he literally tries to bring back anarchy. Moreover, Vonnegut tries to warn today 's society of too much inequality. Although differences in brains, beauty, and brawn are a matter that should not be tied down, there needs to be a limit. Vonnegut shows that individuality can be a downfall because humans do tend to become envious and power hungry. He makes this point in the beginning when Hazel and George were discussing "the dark ages…with everybody competing against everybody else" (Vonnegut 235). People need some type of equality so that one will be able to be an individual and remain just as equal as the
Harrison Bergeron’s mother, Hazel Bergeron, is the definition of the Handicapper General’s “normal” and model for enforced equality. Everyone must be leveled and thereby oppressed to her standards. Hazel’s husband, George Bergeron, is no exception. “‘I’d think it would be real interesting, hearing all the different sounds,’ said Hazel, a little envious. ‘All the things they think up.’” (Vonnegut 910). George suffers from his own comically ludicrous mental handicap. The fact that this incites jealousy in Hazel reaffirms the artificial equality Vonnegut ridicules. The author satirizes oppression in American society through his depictions of misery and restraint exhibited in his characters’ ordeals. “The different times that George is interrupted from thinking, and his inner monologue is cut, we have a sort of stopping his having dialogue with himself. So he can’t have a unique personality, which itself involves his worldviews” (Joodaki 71). Not being able to know oneself epitomizes
The most important theme that we can easily notice in the story is the lack of freedom, which is extremely significant to the American ideals, and Harrison demonstrates it as his escapes from jail, remove his handicaps, and influence others around him. In order to have a completely equal society in Harrison Bergeron’s world, people cannot choose what they want to take part in or what they are good at because if a person is above average in anything, even appearance, they are handicapped. These brain and body devices are implanted in an effort to make everyone equal. However, instead of raising everyone up to the better level, the government chooses instead to lower people to the lowest common level of human thought and action, which means that people with beautiful faces wear masks. Also, people with above average intelligence wear a device that gives a soul-shattering piercing noise directly into the ear to destroy any train of thought. Larger and stronger people have bags of buckshot padlocked a...
Imagine a world where the government has finally made every induvial equal in every aspect of their lives. In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., this is a living reality. In this society, the strong, intelligent, and beautiful are required to wear handicaps of heavy weights, earphones, and masks, thus rendering their attributes equal to everyone. With a government constantly pushing for equality among all citizens, Vonnegut reveals a dystopia that society is slowly working toward. Vonnegut uses foreshadowing to reveal the future of society by using Harrison Bergeron and Diana Moon Glampers as mechanisms to reveal the horrors of allowing citizens to be too equal.
concludes with a dismal event: Harrison and his “empress” ballerina being shot. They chose not to follow the laws instituted by their society and so were punished. Harrison’s mother, Hazel Bergeron, follows the equality rules and is satisfied with her average-intelligence life. Hazel reaps the benefits of being a conformist in her society: an average-intelligence, content life with a considerate husband and “having no mental handicap herself” (Vonnegut 1). For those who possess an unfair above-average-intelligence or physical trait, there are gadgets called “handicaps” which demote them to the same normalcy of everyone else. Technology in “Harrison Bergeron” is a patron to the peace. By regulating and curing divergent qualities, people are revolutionizing into a pacifist community. Vonnegut
First, the theme of equality is the main focuses of the story. From beginning to end, the whole backbone of the story is represented by one idea: total equality among people. However, this theme does not necessarily lead to the interpretation of the story. The second theme in the story is mass communication. During the entire story, George and Hazel watch their son Harrison rise to freedom, and fall to fatal consequences all through a television screen. During the time that Vonnegut wrote this story, the power of television and mass communication was just taking off. The fact that the family’s main pass time was watching television shows that Vonnegut was worried that the American people would be hindered by this. Benjamin Reed states that the purpose of Harrison Bergeron is about “how consumerist media and the technology of mass communication have conspired to divest us of the higher functionality of of our minds” (46.) Based off of Reed’s statement he believes that the story was trying to warn the American people that technology will stop critical
“The story is a satire, a parody of an ideological society divorced from common sense reality” (Townsend). As Townsend stated Kurt Vonnegut makes a satire about society in his fictional short story Harrison Bergeron, which in their society there has been attempt of conformity through the handicaps of the people, the similarity to an authoritarian government, and the technology, whereas the people will eventually overcome.
Although the comparisons are well hidden, both today’s society and the story ‘Harrison Bergeron’ share similar qualities. They both deal with equality, which leads to problems and consequences. A second similarity is the struggle of competition and trying to prevent it from occurring, which also leads to problems. Lastly, both struggle with normality, and the fact that it’s hard to accept that different is okay now.
Harrison is no ordinary being of society. In fact, he is described as "a genius, an athlete,…and should be regarded as dangerous….Instead of a little ear radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of ear phones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses….Scrap metal [is] hung all over him….he wear[s] at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep[s] his eyebrows shaved off, and cover[s] his even white teeth with black caps at snaggle-tooth random" (Vonnegut 236). His physical appearance alone would definitely offset him from the rest of the crowd. Just by walking down the street, one could sense his greatness by his excessive handicaps. Furthermore, his mental capacity is great enough to override the annoying sounds that the H-G men create. The reader can obviously see that Harrison has something more to offer, yet his society is binding him down and taking away his individuality: "Harrison 's only crime was taking control of the television studio, but his motives outweighed the crime. He was shot for exposing the world to beauty" (Marton). In this sense, Harrison represents uniqueness of an individual. He is the one willing to exploit his society and have variation as being a celebration of oneself not a crime, or is this possibly his only
...e ability to achieve anything in life. Hopefully, readers would learn from this novel that beauty is not the most important aspect in life. Society today emphasizes the beauty of one's outer facade. The external appearance of a person is the first thing that is noticed. People should look for a person's inner beauty and love the person for the beauty inside. Beauty, a powerful aspect of life, can draw attention but at the same time it can hide things that one does not want disclosed. Beauty can be used in a variety of ways to affect one's status in culture, politics, and society. Beauty most certainly should not be used to excuse punishment for bad deeds. Beauty is associated with goodness, but that it is not always the case. This story describes how the external attractiveness of a person can influence people's behavior and can corrupt their inner beauty.