The Message Within “Harrison Bergeron”

Learning Target: What is Vonnegut’s message in the short story “Harrison Bergeron”?

Story Link:

Today’s Classwork (Due Monday – 20 points):

  1. Certain systems (communism / socialism) promise the ‘end of class structure’ and the ‘equality of all people’. Why is this a dangerous concept?  Explain using what you read in “Harrison Bergeron”.
  2. What is required to make everyone equal (in the story or anywhere else)?

Listen: 9:16-15:01

In Class Mini-Lesson: “Do We Need Equality”? Watch and use to help discuss and explore today’s 2 questions.

The Panopticon: How they watch everyone, including George Bergeron, to make sure he does as he’s told:


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