Harrison Bergeron

In traditional stories, the hero is more often than not a prodigious figure who is superior to ordinary people; and such was Bergeron as we are able to observe in the following passage: "He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.aE He was forced to bear a massive quantity of handicaps, which the reader reckons is the result of his fine looks, athletic figure, and unique intelligence: "Nobody had ever worn heavier handicaps. ... Instead of a little ear radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of earphones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses.aE As a general rule, the hero "rescues" the public from an enemy. In this story, the result of Harrison's hard work is an ironic reversal of what comes to pass in the traditional heroic tales. In spite of the fact that he was a man, a liberator about to deliver humankind from cruelty and absolutism, he became a tyrant himsel



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