Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

"Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical, dystopia. 

Satire uses of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc,  Satires are literary compositions, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

is a vision of an often futuristic society, which has developed into a negative version of Utopia, in which society has degraded into a repressive, controlled state. A dystopia is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government.

As a genre, it is a short story and a piece of science fiction. 
A short story is a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. This format tends to be more pointed than longer works of fiction, such as novellas and novels or books.

Science fiction is a genre of fiction. It differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature.

The author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American novelist who wrote works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five , Cat's Cradle , and Breakfast of Champions . H

e was known for his humanist beliefs as well as being honorary president of the American Humanist Association.

Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was re-published in the author's collection,  Welcome to theMonkey House which is an assortment of short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut, first published in August 1968. The stories range from war-time epics to futuristic thrillers, given with satire and Vonnegut's unique edge in 1968.

In the story, social equality has been achieved by handicapping the more intelli

The politics of Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" - Critical Essay

gent, athletic or beautiful members of society.
A dystopia

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