Essay on Equality in Harrison Bergeron
In Vonnegut’s story, “everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal in every which way." So how does this …show more content…
Controlled by the government, citizens also lose their individuality. Masks are worn so beauty is hidden. When George and Hazel were watching ballerinas on the television, the ballerinas’ “faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in.” Moreover, people who are strong have to wear weights on their bodies. George had a “forty-seven pounds of birdshot in a canvas bag, which was padlocked around [his] neck," which even Hazel finds pitying. Even voices are controlled. Reading a bulletin, a ballerina had to “apologize at once for her voice” because her actual voice was “a warm, luminous, [and] timeless melody.” Therefore, people in this society lose their individuality and humanity. Vonnegut seems to imply that the government intrudes the everyday lives of citizens under the pretense of equality, just like the communist totalitarian regime of Mao Ze Dong in China.
Vonnegut seems to think