Harrison Bergeron


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1st Term AY 2011-2012
De La Salle Canlubang

Published in: Education, Technology

Harrison Bergeron

  1. 1. HARRISON BERGERON<br />Kurt Vonnegut’s<br />
  2. 2. Kurt Vonnegut<br />
  3. 3. Kurt Vonnegut<br />Born: 11-Nov-1922<br />Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN<br />Died: 11-Apr-2007<br />Location of death: Manhattan, NY<br />Cause of death: Accident – Fall<br />Remains: Buried, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN<br />Gender: Male<br />Religion: Atheist<br />Race or Ethnicity: White<br />Sexual orientation: Straight<br />Occupation: Novelist<br />Nationality: United States<br />Executive summary:Slaughterhouse Five<br />Military service: US Army (1943-45)<br />
  4. 4. Kurt Vonnegut<br />Combined satiric social commentary and black comedy with surrealist and science fictional elements<br />Common themes in his work include the dehumanization formed by technology, as well as by bureaucracy and media propaganda<br />
  5. 5. Kurt Vonnegut<br />His sentences are short and easily understood so as to be largely accessible<br />Even the most horrifying scenes are underlined by jokes or absurdity<br />
  6. 6. Theme<br />Utopia<br />An ideal or perfect place or state, or any visionary system of political or social perfection<br />Kinds: feminist utopias, ecological utopias, technological utopias, religious utopias communist utopias<br />The perfect societies in utopian novels are often communistic or socialistic in character<br />The opposite of dystopia<br />
  7. 7. Setting<br />Place<br />America<br />Time<br />Year 2081, April 2081<br />Social conditions<br />The government enforced the laws of equality. Those who possess average intelligence are unable to think for extended periods of time while thoughts of intelligent people are interrupted by the broadcasts of the government through small head radios the people wear.<br />
  8. 8. Major Characters<br />Harrison Bergeron<br />George Bergeron<br />Hazel Bergeron<br />Diana Moon Glampers<br />
  9. 9. Harrison Bergeron<br /> The son of George and Hazel Bergeron<br />14 years old<br />7 ft. tall, strong, and extremely handsome but his eyebrows are shaved off and he is wearing 300 pounds of metal, huge earphones, big glasses, a red rubber nose and black caps over his teeth to counteract his strength, intelligence, and good looks<br />
  10. 10. George Bergeron<br />Harrison’s father and Hazel’s husband<br />Intelligent and strong, but is wearing weights around his neck and a radio that prohibits him from thinking deeply<br />Obeys laws and avoids risks because he fears the government<br />
  11. 11. Hazel Bergeron<br />Harrison’s mother and George’s wife<br />Scatterbrained, dumb, and a helpless average American<br />Sweet and well intentioned<br />
  12. 12. Diana Moon Glampers<br />The Handicapper General of the United States<br />In charge of limiting the capacities of those who are above average<br />
  13. 13. Plot<br />Exposition<br />Harrison Bergeron is taken away by the government with his parents not being aware of the incident. The government sends Harrison to jail since he is considered as a threat. <br />
  14. 14. Plot<br />Rising Action<br />Hazel compliments the dance of the ballerinas on TV while George says th0se dancers are not very good because their actions are limited. A noise interrupts George’s thoughts. Hazel says she would enjoy hearing the noises that the handicappers dream up and she would be a good Handicapper General. <br />
  15. 15. Plot<br />Rising Action<br />Before being interrupted by another noise, George thinks of Harrison. Hazel says George looks exhausted. She supposes that it is due to his handicap bag, so she suggests taking a few of the weights out of the bag. But George refuses, and says he doesn’t want society to return to its old competitive ways. A noise makes them forget the conversation.<br />
  16. 16. Plot<br />Climax<br />On TV, the ballerina, altering her voice so she won’t make anyone jealous, reads a bulletin which the speech-impaired broadcaster can’t announce. The bulletin says that Harrison has escaped from prison. A photo of Harrison appears on the screen.<br />
  17. 17. Plot<br />Climax<br />After a rumbling noise, Harrison suddenly appears in the studio. He proclaims himself as the emperor then he rips off all of his handicaps. Looking like a god, he picks a ballerina who was brave enough to stand up as his empress and promises to make the musicians royalty if they do their best.<br />
  18. 18. Plot<br />Falling Action<br />As Harrison dances to the music and manages to defy gravity with his empress, Diana Moon Glampers comes into the studio, kills both Harrison and his empress, and threatens the musicians with a shotgun. <br />
  19. 19. Plot<br />Denouement<br />The Bergerons’ TV screen goes dark. When George returns after getting a beer, he sees Hazel crying and asks why. She says she can’t quite remember but something sad happened on the TV. <br />
  20. 20. “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 any smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.”<br />
  21. 21. "Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical science fiction tale about the dark side of an ideal, utopian American society. <br />Nothing is clearly suggestive of negativity. <br />The story is told through the third-person point of view of an objective narrator<br />
  22. 22. Symbolism<br />“I am the Emperor!” shouts Harrison Bergeron. <br />The chains worn by Harrison<br />The Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers<br />The death of Harrison Bergeron and the ballerina<br />The prominence of words like “think,” “anybody,” “people,” and “like”<br />