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Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron


by Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron Rules and Order Quotes

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Quote #1

All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution. (1)

We already know about the first 27, but you have to wonder what the other 183 new amendments did to change society. And you definitely have to wonder how so many people could agree to change the Constitution, since getting an amendment through is tough. Is this a clue to the way government works in "Harrison Bergeron"?

Quote #2

Some things about living still weren't quite right, though. April, for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. (2)

Wow. We get the feeling that these people would even regulate the weather if they could. This line seems specifically for (or maybe it's against?) the people who think that the government would (or maybe it's should?) take over everything if they had the power to.

Quote #3

[George] was required by law to wear [his handicap ear radio] at all time. (3)

If we had to wear those ear radios all the type, we'd hope they'd at least be stylish. Like neon pink iPod headphones. But more importantly, this makes us wonder what kind of clothes everyone is required to wear in 2081. If everyone is average, they're probably all in drab grays, with the thinnest people forced to wear horizontal stripes.

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