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Ridicule in Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut story
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut is a profoundly ironic short story that uses all three
forms of irony to form a criticism regarding the ideal of an equal society. Kurt Vonnegut's picture
of a world that is equal repudiates genuine excellence, while it is reinforced by force utilization.
Therefore, this paper seeks to explore the ideas or American programs that Vonnegut might be
ridiculing.
In my opinion, Vonnegut mostly ridicules the American government's idea that it should
be one to ensure equality. Therefore, this attitude impedes the capability of the people to rise on
their own even when the social restraints are exterminated ((Vonnegut, 3). Hence, in Harrison
Bergeron's society, there is the failure to recognize the distinctive disparities in individuals and
permit people to excel if they have talent. Besides, punishing and restraining other people for their
talent is as criminal as not letting people excel sue due to their nationality, race, and other features.
I think Vonnegut takes equal opportunities and political correctness to the extreme so as for people
to comprehend the dangers of some well-intentioned programs. Besides, Vonnegut is satirizing the
idea of handicapped people to enforce equality; he ridicules the failure of authoritarian
government, rebellion, and apathy that ensues in individuals who watch television (Vonnegut, 3).

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I also think that Vonnegut is ridiculing the Amendments in the American constitution
(Vonnegut, 1). He states that there are more than one hundred amendments in the constitutions
which are intended to make the society "perfect" however, later in the story, George and his wife
are conversing about how George handicaps and the bags of shot that have tied his legs are painful
(Vonnegut, 2). Hazel proposes to George to break the law and take away the bags because he is
not competing with anyone. George replies that if he breaks the law, others would also do so, and
they go back to the "Dark Ages."
In conclusion, while Kurt Vonnegut could be ridiculing the ideas of the American
programs, he would also in some way recommend schemes that would impose equality of the
outcome.

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Surname 1 Student’s Name Lecturer’s Name Course Date Ridicule in Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut is a profoundly ironic short story that uses all three forms of irony to form a criticism regarding the ideal of an equal society. Kurt Vonnegut's picture of a world that is equal repudiates genuine excellence, while it is reinforced by force utilization. Therefore, this paper seeks to explore the ideas or American programs that Vonnegut might be ridiculing. In my opinion, Vonnegut mostly ridicules the American government's idea that it should be one to ensure equality. Therefore, this attitude impedes the capability of the people to rise on their own even when the social restraints are exterminated ((Vonnegut, 3). Hence, in Harrison Bergeron's society, there is the failure to recognize the distinctive disparities in individuals and permit people to excel if they have talent. Besides, punishing and restraining other people for their talent is as criminal as not letting people excel sue due to their nationality, race, and other features. I think Vonnegut takes equal opportunities and political correctness to the extreme so as for people ...
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