Kurt Evensong’s “Harrison Burgeon”, the future consists of a more strict United States government, strongly overpowering the citizens. Hazel and George Burgeon are the parents of Harrison Burgeon. Harrison is a 14-year-old boy who is exactly seven feet tall. He intelligent and has abnormal strength and athleticism. Opponent has made Harrison a flat character, and states his traits very directly. Harrison is very stubborn. “Harrison Burgeon, age fourteen,” she said in a grackle squawk, “has Just escaped from Jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.
He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely (Bonaventure. 202). He doesn’t want to obey the laws, so instead, he has tried to overthrow the government. This is the reason why he is being held by the government against his will. Hazel is perfectly average in this society. She doesn’t need a mask to mask her beauty, weights to decrease her strength, or a little radio in her ear to regulate her thoughts. She is a static character because her traits didn’t change throughout the story. Since she has no tools preventing her from doing certain things, she is overall retry retarded.
She Just goes with the flow and obeys all of the laws even with her son being in Jail. George is also a static character. He has both abnormal athleticism/strength and intelligence. Because of his unique traits, the government has blocked his unique traits out of his life. He is pretty oblivious to everything that is going on because of the radio in his head that regulates his thoughts. Diana Moon Slammers is the Handicapper General in this society. Her Job is to regulate any unique traits her citizens may have. She remains a static character in this story. Like Harrison, Diana is also very stubborn.
She doesn’t like anybody disobeying her. This is why she shoots and kills Harrison for breaking the law. Because of her stubbornness, Diana is a predictable character. This story takes place in the year 2081, in the United States. “All this equality was due to the 21 lath, 12th, and 13th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General” (Opponent Jar. 200). Most of the story takes place in the Burgeon household. In the year 2081, there are about 200 new amendments that legislate that there hall be total equality throughout the United States.
These amendments result in handicaps, which are tools that regulate unique traits certain people may hold. Hazel, on the other hand, is already “normal” in this society. Therefore, she doe need any handicaps. As the action rises, Hazel states the regulations she’d create and/or destroy was made the Handicapper General. I was Diana Moon Slammers,” said Hazy have chimes on Sunday-?Just chimes. Kind of honor of religion” (Opponent Jar. Her babbling was interrupted by her husband hearing a “twenty-one-gun Sault his head.
The television in Hazel and George’s room are in shows an image of their so Harrison. He has Just escaped from Jail, after being held there for plotting to overthrow the government. Harrison runs into the studio and declares that he emperor, in need of his Empress. He takes off all of his handicaps and reveals true self. “He flung away his rubber-ball nose, revealed a man that would have Thro, the god of thunder” (Opponent Jar. 203). A ballerina stands up, and Harrison removes all of her handicaps also. Harrison also removes the handicaps off of musicians so Harrison and his Empress could dance.
They began dancing and eventually kiss the thirty-foot high ceiling. All of a sudden, the Handicapper Ge comes in with a loaded shotgun, and shoots Harrison and the Empress dead. S then reloads, and aims the gun at the musicians telling them they have ten sec to put their handicaps back on. During this whole scene, George got up to grab a beer, and is oblivious to the that his son was Just shot dead. Due to short term memory, Hazel forgets the incident and doesn’t even know why she is crying. This story is told in third person objective. The narrator doesn’t side with an he characters.
Instead, he is very neutral, allowing the reader to decide whet what happens in this story is Justified. Kurt Evensong’s tone can be described pretty serious. Opponent Jar. May think the future holds an overpowering govern that restricts the rights of citizens. His ideas portrayed in this story could be a exaggeration, to try and scare his audience into thinking that the future might so bright after all. Intelligent people in this society are often interrupted by sudden, loud noise their heads. These sounds could symbolize the opinions of the people. In the Kurt Opponent Jar. Ay think that the government won’t let the people have a as what goes on in the country. This could be laws, the Job you have, whether you’ allowed to have a Job, health insurance, how much food you get, what kind of of you get, etc. This could be his way of predicting how the government will take citizens’ individuality. Kurt Evensong’s “Harrison Burgeon” strongly portrayed the dangers of total equality. The only way to have total equality is having a stronger power force p to have certain things. For example, the Handicapper General was in charge of aging people who were unique, not unique with handicaps.