Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut s Harrison Bergeron And ...

In life, there is something called an establishment. It is what makes people do activities a specific way or perform a certain command from those who are deemed superior to them. There were two authors who provided great examples of that lifestyle. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. displayed this precisely with the limitations given to the characters in â€Å"Harrison Bergeron†. The Master Timekeeper from Repent, Harlequin! Cried the Tick-Tock Man by Harlan Ellison created the basis of having an order and leading people by the control he has over their time. Through both of these stories, they had a common struggle that wanted to change the examples they led people to mimic. They would have men who wanted to live their own lives, follow their rules, and†¦show more content†¦The Master Timekeeper wanted to use his establishment to keep the people under control with the time they use while the Harlequin wanted people to take their time doing tasks and not worry about being late, but instead, enjoy what is around them. In Harrison Bergeron, the rule of the story is that the law requires everyone to be equal. To ensure this, they gave handicaps, both physical and mental, to the citizens of the United States because they believe it will guarantee that no one would be stronger or smarter than anyone else. All of this was regulated by the United States Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, but there was one man who seeked to rebel against these handicaps in his misson to gain control and power over everyone else. That man was none other than Harrison Bergeron, and he made it clear when he invaded the ballerina studio and exclaimed, I am the Emperor! cried Harrison. Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once! He stamped his foot and the studio shook. Even as I stand here he bellowed, crippled, hobbled, sickened - I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become! Harrison tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper, tore straps guaranteed to support five thousand pounds. (Vonnegut) As stated, Harrison believed that he could become so much more powerful without the handicaps holding him back. It got to the point where he thought it

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