Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron
By Kurt Vonnegut

a) What is ironic about George’s comments on competition, laws, and society in the story? Support your opinions with evidence from the text. You may incorporate quotes if you find necessary, but this is not required.
In the story it is ironic that George’s comments on competition, laws, and society refers to pure equality in the year 2081, no one was better than anyone, and no one was weaker than anyone. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the constitution. Some people liked the laws because they wished a world that everyone was equal, and some people did not like the laws because they wanted a world that everyone would be really good and weak at something. For George, the laws were ironic and unfair to him because he would have a mental handicap stuck to his ear, he was required to wear it all times which means he can’t take it off for the rest of his life. Every 20 seconds or so, the transmitter would send a sharp noise to George’s ear which would make him react to stop what he was dreaming about.

b) Describe George and Hazel’s reactions at the end of the story. What do you think the author is trying to say through them?

I think that the author is trying to say that when George and Hazel were watching on tv something that made jealous, they tried to forget it because otherwise it will be painful if they do not forget what happened on tv. The point for George and Hazel is to forget the sad things so they could be happy.