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“Harrison Bergeron” Response
Part I: Please respond to each question in 3 complete sentences.
After the announcer fumblers the bulletin and has to be replaced, Hazel says that he should still be given a raise because “he tried. That’s the big thing. He tried to do the best he could with what God gave him.” Is Hazel right? Should be given credit at their workplaces or in school simply for trying, regardless of the result? Give a real-life example to support your response.
Based on this story, would you say that equality and sameness are the same thing? Why or why not? What would you say this author is trying to tell readers about equality?
What would this author say to our essential questions? What does it mean to be free? What is the relationship between power and freedom?
Part II: After watching the film, name four differences between the short film and Vonnegut’s story. Why do you think those changes were made? Complete the table below.
Characteristic of Short Story
Characteristic of Film
Outcome / Purpose
Part III: Please respond to the questions in 2-3 sentences each.
The rock band Rush wrote the song, “The Trees” as an extended metaphor for modern life.
There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees For the maples want more sunlight And the oaks ignore their pleas
The trouble with the maples And they're quite convinced they're right They say the oaks are just too lofty And they grab up all the light But the oaks can't help their feelings If they like the way they're made And they wonder why the maples Can't be happy in their shade?
There is trouble in the forest And the creatures all have fled As the maples scream 'oppression!' And the oaks, just shake their heads
So the maples formed a union And demanded equal rights 'The oaks are just too greedy We will make them give us light' Now there's no more oak oppression For they passed a noble law And the trees are all kept equal By hatchet, axe, and saw
How is society today similar to the unrest in the forest? Which group of people in your world might the oaks represent? Who might be the maples? Explain the message of the song and connect it to “Harrison Bergeron.”
Some parents teach their kids that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” while others prefer to reinforce the idea that “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” Which philosophy holds more truth for you? Give a real-life example to support your answer.
“Harrison Bergeron” is just one example in a long list of dystopian literature that has captivated audiences over the past 100 years. Dystopian stories present futuristic societies that have become repressive, government-controlled states where people have given up many of their person freedoms, often under the guise of living in an ideal community. Looking and this story, what does the popularity of these texts show us about people’s beliefs and fears today?