The Handicapper General Essay

815 words - 3 pages

It is the year 2081. Because of Amendments 211, 212, and 213 to the Constitution, every American is fully equal, meaning that no one is stupider, uglier, weaker, or slower than anyone else. The Handicapper General and a team of agents ensure that the laws of equality are enforced.

One April, fourteen-year-old Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel, by the government. George and Hazel aren’t fully aware of the tragedy. Hazel’s lack of awareness is due to average intelligence. In 2081, those who possess average intelligence are unable to think for extended stretches of time. George can’t comprehend the tragedy because the law requires him to wear a radio twenty-four hours a day. The government broadcasts noise over these radios to interrupt the thoughts of intelligent people like George.

Hazel and George are watching ballerinas dance on TV. Hazel has been crying, but she can’t remember why. She remarks on the prettiness of the dance. For a few moments, George reflects on the dancers, who are weighed down to counteract their gracefulness and masked to counteract their good looks. They have been handicapped so that TV viewers won’t feel bad about their own appearance. Because of their handicaps, the dancers aren’t very good. A noise interrupts George’s thoughts. Two of the dancers onscreen hear the noise, too; apparently, they are smart and must wear radios as well.

Hazel says she would enjoy hearing the noises that the handicappers dream up. George seems skeptical. If she were Handicapper General, Hazel says, she would create a chime noise to use on Sundays, which she thinks would produce a religious effect. The narrator explains that Hazel strongly resembles Diana Moon Glampers, Handicapper General. Hazel says she would be a good Handicapper General, because she knows what normalcy is. Before being interrupted by another noise, George thinks of his son, Harrison.

Hazel thinks George looks exhausted and urges him to lie down and rest his “handicap bag,” forty-seven pounds of weight placed in a bag and locked around George’s neck. He says he hardly notices the weight anymore. Hazel suggests taking a few of the weights out of the bag, but he says if everyone broke the law, society would return to its old competitive ways. Hazel says she would hate that. A noise interrupts the conversation, and George can’t remember what they were...

Find Another Essay On The Handicapper General

The Folly of Bergeron Essay

1293 words - 6 pages people in this society too scatterbrained to tell the story correctly, the need for freedom over supposed “happiness” is ever present. 5. The second reason stems from the characters written within. There are only four named characters in this story, with only three that speak. Hazel, a woman so unintelligent that she has no need for handicaps; George, a man whose slight intelligence is actively suppressed; Diana, the Handicapper General; and

Pressure’s Force Essay

863 words - 4 pages very easy for the people in the story. In Vonnegut’s story, anyone who tries to stand out, or who cannot be controlled, has to be in the jail otherwise they are executed,” She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor.” (Vonnegut). Once Harrison tries to break the setting that the Handicapper General has set up for him, Diana Moon Glampers shoots him down from utopia to dystopia. In this case, it shows that

Harrison -- a short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. turned into a screenplay by me -- Great for media class or creative writting class A- paper

1568 words - 6 pages woman, without the earpiece and sack.On the coffee table is a magazine named the "Equalitarian." It is thin and seems to be made up of mostly pictures. We clearly see the date which reads, "April, 2081." We can also see the mailing address that says, "George and Hazel Bergeron." On the cover is a picture of a menacing woman dressed in military fatigues. The caption below her reads, "Handicapper General, D.M. Glampers."Both Hazel and George are

The Future Government: Forced Equality Up Close

1335 words - 6 pages lose all individuality and self-worth, causing any physical and mental growth to become antiquated. In Harrison Bergeron, set in the year 2081, changes made to the Constitution cause every American to be equal meaning no one is faster, stronger, or prettier than anyone else. The Handicapper General and other agents enforce the laws and make sure all citizens abide them. The citizens in the society are forced to wear “handicaps” which impair their

Utopia and Dystopia in Harrison Bergeron and The Lottery

1479 words - 6 pages United States Handicapper General”. The citizens are not able to transcend the restraining limitations of the advocating government without the impeding oversight of the oppressive consequences. There is also the regressing idea that if they manage to deride the law, their society will consequently go back to the time when everyone was not equal. For example, when Hazel suggests for George to take off his weights he reckons,"If I tried to get away

Handicap Each to His Ability

1399 words - 6 pages , they can be forgiven because they do not understand and are merely doing as instructed, presumably by the Handicapper General. “The announcer, like all announcers, had a serious speech impediment” (Vonnegut 233). The announcer represents the below average citizens. He has a natural handicap preventing him from doing his job. All T.V. announcers having a speech impediment is crucial to maintaining support for equality. The struggle to work with what

Conflicts within Consensus

672 words - 3 pages ”, Harrison also faces conflict with another character, Diana Moon Glampers, as the Handicapper General kills him due to a difference in beliefs. Both stories demonstrate how conflict forms when an individual gives up their own power of decision making to a larger group. Letting a group compromise on an important issue is not effective as each individual’s opinion is not clearly expressed. This leads to possibilities of conflict later on as people

Wake Up and Smell the Roses

677 words - 3 pages . Everyone is equal in every which way. All of this is done with the help of the United States Handicapper General, who makes sure everyone is kept strictly equal. But Harrison Bergeron, the seven-foot tall, powerful, and unbelievably handsome jail escapee, is having none of this. He dares to fight this so-called “equality.” In this fantastical yet darkly humorous short story, Vonnegut uses Harrison Bergeron to represent the dangers of total equality

Equality's Dark Side in The Uknown Citizen and Harrison Bergeron

1808 words - 7 pages that no one should be better than others. This way, there will be no hatred, envy and war. However, there is the Handicapper General that controls and regulates all the handicaps. The Handicapper General and the few people who work for her does not have to wear any handicaps. Rather, they take the role of regulating the people and deciding what is good for them. The controlling position to the excess of the Handicapper General can be closely

The Impact of Government Control in Science Fiction

1779 words - 8 pages of the handicaps she wore. Last, there is the Handicapper General of the United States, Dianna Moon Glampers who controls all the handicaps in the U.S. Similarly, there are only a few a characters in “A Saucer of Loneliness” but they also will leave imprints in your mind. First, there is an unnamed, lonely woman who attempts to commit suicide, an unnamed man who saves her, a police officer, a gabardine, FBI agents that question her, and witnesses

Kurt Vonnegut

2586 words - 11 pages weighed down, and wearing ear pieces to distract their thoughts. This is all controlled by the Handicapper General, which you begin to see is represents a dictator of sorts. Finally, when someone does finally try to overthrow the government he, Harrison Bergeron, announces that he would be their new Emperor and you see that there is no hope for this society and that they will forever be trapped in a dictatorship of sorts since no one knows what

Similar Essays

Decisions Made Alone Manifest Injustice Essay

936 words - 4 pages In Michael Bruce’s, “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” and Kurt Vonnegut’s, “Harrison Bergeron” decisions that determined the lives of many were made by a single person. Lieutenant Commander Oram and the Handicapper General illustrate that decisions made by an individual affects the lives of others and leads to injustice. First and foremost, while Oram is perceived to be just in his own eyes not everyone will see the world as he does, furthermore, even

Different Is Good Essay

703 words - 3 pages natural, "all this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution" and "the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General." Doesn"t this mean that equality is not natural? That it was better to be different the way God, our creator made us to be. After all, even though it was stated "everybody was finally equal" differences still exist. There still exists the leader and the followers

The Lottery And Harrison Bergeron Essay

1381 words - 6 pages The Lottery and Harrison Bergeron People with power in society often have the ability to influence the practice of certain traditions. These traditions can affect what a citizen is entitled to do. In today's day and age, life without basic freedoms and rights sounds unthinkable. However, in Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” and Kurt Vonnegut's “Harrison Bergeron” this is the reality. Old Man Warner and the Handicapper General show that people

False Perception Of Equality In Society

1257 words - 5 pages In Kurt Vonnegut’s story, “Harrison Bergeron,” everyone is made equal by the United States Handicapper Genera1 while the country is under totalitarian control. Handicaps are forced upon the people by the Handicapper General to create an all-equal society. The character George Bergeron is forced to stay equal by the government’s laws of equality while his wife, Hazel Bergeron, is of only average intelligence, and consequently not given a
Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Candle Crafts | a comprehensive business proposal - 2174 Words