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Kurt Vonnegut’s Beliefs On The Nature Of Humans

1951 words - 8 pages

The message of the true nature of human beings could be many things, but there is one thing that stands out to me. This would be that humans do everything in their best interest. Even if you think that they don’t in the story of Harrison and Bergeron I will prove to you that they in return do. I am going to tell you a few individual characters that have really shown that through this short story. First will be Harrison I will give you specific examples of how he has been the light at the end of the tunnel in this story, but also how he has done things in his own interest too. Next will be George , he is a strong character but he has a few things that stand out to me that I would like to point out about how he is and the ways he does things in his best interest. Then there is Hazel, she isn’t very bright but plays an important role in the whole story really showing the way Kurt Vonnegut sees the true nature of human beings. Lastly is the handicapper general, Diana moon Glampers who also plays a very important role as giving out the handicaps to people. Is she the real idea of a perfectly average person in this time? I will interpret what I get about the views of true human nature from this story. I have specific evidence that supports Kurt Vonnegut’s beliefs on the true nature of human beings and why doing everything in their own interest is the main thing in the short story Harrison and Bergeron.
To begin I will start with the character Harrison, he is a very strong person in this story. Harrison is a child and he posses great strength in everything that he does, he is the most intelligent child in this story. They had to give him so many handicaps and eventually lock him up because he would in return disobey the laws of the handicaps. By taking off the handicaps this shows the true nature of him in the story. The message that I had told you earlier about how everyone is always doing things for their best interest really starts to show through with Harrison. By doing this Harrison then made the handicapper general come up with harsher punishment and treatment for others who also disobey the handicaps. “The minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society?” this was said in the beginning of the story and it really is saying that people have the power to change if they all work together but if only one person for example Harrison goes against the laws there will be harsher punishment for everyone else. But if they would all band together and try to do something about it they could make a difference but the humans in this story are very selfish. They are not putting any effort into trying to change anything but Harrison is the only one standing up for them and also himself. Harrison represents a very high intelligence in the human race he also is persistent if he wants something he will keep fighting for it. He doesn’t represent an average human being in this story.” [T]hey remained suspended in air . . . and they kissed...

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