Kurt Vonnegut's Short Stories

Harrison Bergeron

Why was Harrison able to break the basic laws of gravity after freeing himself from handicaps?

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Harrison is the epitome of male perfection. He is smarter and stronger than any of the handicaps the state can put on him. When he performs in front of the cameras, he rips his handicaps off him like they are tinfoil. Harrison is really a metaphor for the human spirit's need to excel and be free. He seemingly breaks the laws of gravity because he breaks the laws that force mediocrity upon him.