Harrison Bergeron Group discussion questions by Gtoze9S


									Group Discussion Questions
Identify the protagonist of the story.
Who is the antagonist? What is the
conflict in this story?
The protagonist is Harrison Bergeron
The antagonist is the society
The conflict is man Vs society
  Harrison Bergeron disagrees with
  society and the policy of forcing
  everyone to be equal by law.
  Diana Moon Glampers (the handicapper
  general) represents society
Where does the climax of the story
take place? Defend your answer.
 The climax in the story takes place in
  the studio when Harrison Bergeron
  breaks into the studio, declares himself
  Emperor, and removes his handicaps.
 The climax of the story is when the HG
  comes into the studio with a shotgun
  because we know what is going to
  happen in the end of the story
What is the tone of the story? Find at
least two quotes to support your
answer. Why do you think the author
has chosen to write in this tone?
 Sarcastic
 We know this is the tone because it is
  extremely exaggerated, but told seriously.
     “The year was 2081 and everybody was finally equal”
     “The studio ceiling was thirty feet high, but each leap
      brought the dancers nearer to it. It became their
      obvious intention to kiss the ceiling” (64).
     He flung away his rubber-ball nose, revealed a man
      that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder” (63).
   The author used this tone to communicate how
    ridiculous the idea of this society is. How can
    everyone be equal? The sarcasm conveys the
    author’s message.
Explain the meaning of the
following symbols

   i Harrison Bergeron
   ii The handicaps
   Harrison Bergeron
     What humans used to be like
     Revolution and individualism
     Independence
     Heroism/Heroes
   The handicaps
     The controlling government, the law
     Authority
     Unjust punishment
     False equality
     Inequality in society
     conformity
Describe the setting of the story.
Give quotes as evidence.
   The story takes place in the future
     “The year was 2081” (58).
   The society attempts equality/perfection
     “everybody was finally equal” (58).
     “Some things about living weren’t quite right
      though. April for instance, still drove people
      crazy by not being springtime” (58).
     “Nobody was smarter than anyone else”(58).
Find two similes in the story.
Explain their meaning. Why
does the author use them?
   “His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits
    from a burglar alarm” (59).
     His thoughts vanish with each loud noise.
     This simile associates thoughts with
     crime/illegality. It shows both the effectiveness
     of the device and the association of free
     thought and punishment in this society.

   “Harrison looked like a walking junkyard”
     Harrison is so great that his handicaps must
      also be immense.
     The author uses this to show his power and
      beauty, and how cruel his handicaps are.
   “They leaped like deer on the moon”.
     This explains that Harrison and the ballerina
      are both very talented and graceful.
     The author uses this to show how great they
      can be without handicaps. It shows their
     This is a ridiculous comparison. Deer on the
      moon? This exaggeration lends itself to the
      sarcastic tone of the story and the criticism
      of this society/the idea of absolute equality.
What is ironic about this story? What
point does the author make using
   The society is created so that everyone is equal, but
    the handicapper general has power over everyone.
   The handicaps are supposed to make everyone
    equal so that life can be fair, but it is not fair to take
    away talent and individuality.
   The handicaps are supposed to be good for society,
    but they actually take away many good things: free
    thought, art, beauty, talent, intelligence.
   The author’s point is that society cannot be equal in
    the way that is described. We can be equal without
    being the same.

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