Study Guide

Harrison Bergeron What's Up With the Title?

By Kurt Vonnegut

What's Up With the Title?

The title of the story is also the name of the character who tries—and fails—to change the society in which he lives. It sounds like a great title, but it really doesn't tell you anything about the story. It's like if To Kill a Mockingbird were titled Scout Finch. Thanks for nothing, Kurt!

Okay here's something interesting—Harrison's name is symmetrical. Both Harrison and Bergeron are three syllables, nine letters, and end in -on. Nature thinks symmetry is pretty cool, and people like it too. We tend to see symmetry as a sign of beauty and perfection. And beauty and perfection are things that Harrison's society hates.

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