Structure

The short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is structured around a simple event – two spouses watching TV. The beginning of the story introduces readers to the social setting. The beginning could be considered misleading, as readers might assume that the events take place in an ideal egalitarian society. However, The reference to the “United States Handicapper General” foreshadows the unfairness of this society.

The narrative introduces Harrison Bergeron, Hazel and George’s son, who has been removed from home by the authorities. This is a foreshadowing element that suggests Harrison is most likely seen as a threat. The narrative mainly follows Hazel and George’s discussion, which is superficial because of Hazel’s average mind and George’s inability...

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