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There are several conflicts in Kurt Vonneguts story, Harrison Bergeron.

The conflicts are laced throughout this selection in what may seem as meaningless events. After analyzing, I discovered the authors intentional message that he tries to convey. The author is saying that the government may one day have too much control. First, one of these conflicts is internal. This conflict that arises is George vs. himself. Throughout this selection is the struggle of self-definition. George is incapable of thinking for himself due to the handicaps imposed on him by the government. These handicaps have him clueless to the fact that his son, Harrison, has been taken away. He continues to be unaware to the outside worlds problems and never realizes that his son died or that he even has a son. Second, another major confrontation in this story is Harrison vs. the government. Harrison is anything but the average person the government wants him to be. He thinks for himself and questions the government. An example of this is when Harrison is arrested. This shows that the government views him as a threat. Also, Harrison is able to persuade a whole group of people to take off their handicaps. This shows that the government was indeed correct about the possible threat Harrison posed. In almost successfully starting a revolution, Harrison proves that he is, in fact, a threat. The last significant conflict in this selection is the people vs. the government. This conflict could perhaps be the most important conflict of the three. The government oppresses the citizens by forcing them all to be average. They achieve this by forcing aboveaverage people to wear handicaps such as, bags of birdshot. Also, the government makes them wear head transponders that make loud noises in the persons ear every time the person starts to think. An example of the effect these handicaps have on society is between George and Hazel

shortly after hazel sees her son die. He winced. There was the sound of a riveting gun in his head. Gee- I could tell that one was a doozy, said Hazel. You can say that again, said George. Gee- said Hazel, I could tell that one was a doozy. This is the most effective example of the government over-stepping their power by taking away everyones right to think for themselves. The author of this selection had a purpose. His purpose was to tell or warn society that the government can be power-hungry and may one day have too much control. The government can have a big impact on our lives.

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