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Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron


by Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron Timeline and Summary

  • We learn early on that the Handicapper General has taken Harrison away for being way too smart, strong, and awesome.
  • He breaks out and crashes the ballet party on television.
  • After stripping himself of his handicaps, he declares himself Emperor and claims a beautiful ballerina as his Empress.
  • He demands the orchestra play beautiful music and, with the ballerina, soars thirty feet into the air in an elegant dance.
  • The Emperor and Empress kiss the ceiling and then kiss each other. Romantic, yes. Sanitary? No.
  • Diana Moon Glampers, Handicapper General, shows up on stage with a shotgun and shoots them dead.
  • Death: the ultimate handicap.