Kurt Vonnegut's Short Stories

10.Reread the first column of the story. What revelations occur to you now that you know the ending?

“Harrison Bergeron” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Reading Questions

Harrison Bergeron: Completely Equal

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The first few lines of the story are,

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.

Although this sounds like a utopia or perfect society, reading the whole story, we know that all this equality has come at the expense of freedom and individuality.