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Harrison Bergeron What's Up With the Ending?

By Kurt Vonnegut

What's Up With the Ending?

"Harrison Bergeron" ends with a happy little joke. Haha, just another evening at home with the Bergerons.

Oh, what's that you say? Hazel just saw her son shot on television? Yeah, that happened. Luckily, Hazel doesn't remember it. If a tree is gunned down in the woods, and the squirrels don't remember it, did it really happen?

The ending shows just how beat down by society George and Hazel Bergeron are. On one hand, it's nice that they can just shake it off. But on the other, saner, hand, it's terrible how complacent they are with the status quo.

Well, we guess it could be worse. They probably have a comfortable couch. At least it's no more or less comfortable than anyone else's couch. The two of them sitting on the sofa together, watching TV, would make an idyllic little picture of 21st-century American life if it weren't for all the tragedy and oppression. We just can't forget as easily as George and Hazel do.

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