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Harrison Bergeron

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  • Tickets and poster designed for Harrison Bergeron play. Harrison Bergeron is a satirical and dystopian science fiction short story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The story takes place in 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. Harrison Bergeron is the fourteen-year-old son of George and Hazel Bergeron. He is above average in many respects: he is seven feet tall, highly intelligent, and extraordinarily handsome, athletic, strong and brave. Furthermore he is willing to live as a full human being and does not want to obey the laws of the Government, who have taken upon themselves the responsibility of creating "equality" for the whole American society. He has been jailed by the Handicapper General’s office for planning to overthrow the government. He is a threat to them not only in his lifetime but also in the future because he could produce generations of superior child.