Harrison Bergeron – Introduction

Learning Target: What are the main themes in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”?

Do Now: “The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal”.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Please answer the following 2 questions using your background knowledge (20 points):

  1. Are people equal?
  2. Should we / you / anyone fight to overcome ‘inequality’? Explain your responses please.

Story Linkhttp://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html

Notes for your Class Notebook:

  • In this story, a dystopian future story, everyone is being watched all the time by the government.
  • The government forces everyone to be equal, in every way – physically and intellectually.
  • Harrison is extrememly good looking, smart, and athletic.  This makes him dangerous to the government.
  • There are clues that Harrison’s father is smart, and his mother is not so smart.
  • The Handicapper-General makes sure, by watching everyone all the time, that no one is better or worse than anyone else.

Introductory Analysis:

Read aloud / listen up to 9:16 – then discuss the SETTING.

Ballerinas: No one is better than anyone else.  Equality!

——————————————————

My Udemy classes are here – extremely low price and you have them forever.

I also sell custom made mugs. I’ll do personalized orders as well. They are all made in the United States – in Pennsylvania.

All of the mugs are here on Gearbubble. These are made in the USA, and if you don’t want to contribute to Amazon’s record profits during this time of CV19, the Gearbubble link is the one to use. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s