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Satire in Harrison Bergeron Essay


What is Harrison Bergeron satirizing?

I hypothesize that Harrison is satirizing the fact that he wanted to make the world equal, and try overthrowing and becoming ruler when in the end it ends up failing and he doesnt realize he is actually making some people stronger by the things he does.

They werent really very good- no better than anybody else wouldve have been, anyway. They were burdened with stash weights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in. This quote implies that Harrison had a plan to make the strong slower, when in reality he was only making them stronger by challenging there strength. This describes how dangerous Harrison is as he tries making everyone equal. He suggests that he is the Emperor and everyone must obey him. What makes it so ironic is that he argues that he wants to make everyone equal but in contrast he just wants to become the better person because he has intelligence, is athletic, and good looking, yet he doesnt apply any of his laws to himself, which also makes him a hypocrite. To summarize basically, Harrisons initial plan is to get everyone that may be better at him at something and bring them down so he can become the best. Although Harrison does succeed in parts of his plan, he also fails do to the fact that he made the athletes carry weights making them stronger. So the point is that Harrison expected to overthrow the government and become ruler when he actually ends up failing.

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