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Tasks - Harrison Bergeron

Comprehension

  1. When does the story take place?
  2. What is implied in the opening sentence? What has happened?
  3. What happened to George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son?
  4. Describe George and Hazel. What kind of lives do they lead?
  5. Why is Hazel not as plagued by brain blasts as her husband George is?
  6. What handicap equipment as well as physical afflictions had the United States Handicapper General placed on George as well as other members of society? Why had this been done?
  7. What physical and mental effects did the handicapping measures have on the most gifted members of society mentioned in the text?
  8. What would happen to George if he tried to take the equipment off?
  9. What role does the United States government play in this story?
  10. Describe Harrison Bergeron, how old is he?
  11. How had Harrison Bergeron rebelled against society?
  12. Why was he considered such a dangerous threat to the government?
  13. What role does Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, play in the story?
  14. How do Hazel and George react to the murder of their son?

Literary Analysis

  1. According to Wikipedia satire is a device used in literature in which “human or individual vices, follies, abuses or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule…with the intent to bring improvement”. What is being satirized in the story? What needs to be improved?
  2. The story is often referred to as “dystopian”. What is meant by this?
  3. What are the basic themes?
  4. Vonnegut uses several symbols in the story, for example, Harrison’s and the ballerina’s flight-like dance and kissing. Explain what you think this represents. Can you find any other symbols in the story?
  5. What role do the media and TV play in George and Hazel’s lives?
  6. The character of Harrison Bergeron may be interpreted as a revolutionary trying to initiate change in society. What type of society and values are evoked when Harrison refers to himself as “Emperor”, the ballerina as “Empress” and tells the musicians that he will make them “barons”, “dukes” and “earls”?

Discussion

Sit with a partner and discuss the following. The best way to ensure equality is by

  • dumbing down the intelligent
  • weakening the strong
  • making the beautiful ugly

Writing

Choose one of the assignments and write a 5 paragraph essay

  1. The story was written in 1961 as a science fiction satire when the Cold War was at its height. Americans have always shunned too much interference by the government and have thus been very sceptical of the Soviet Union. How is this story still relevant today? Keywords: health, labor unions, gun control.
  2. Technology enables government surveillance of phone calls, credit card usage and movements. Where do you draw the line between the right to privacy and the government's need to know?
  3. Discuss this statement: Only when all members of a society are totally equal will there be peace and stability.

Learning content

A nation of immigrants

What is core content and additional content?
SubjectEmne

Fagstoff

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Immigration and Population

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    Waves of Immigration

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    Melting Pot and Salad Bowl

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    On the Way to the Melting Pot

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Norwegian Immigration

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Immigrants and Refugees

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Two Kinds (Short Story)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Carl Sandburg: Chicago

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans Today

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans - Forced Removal

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans - The Trail of Tears

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Tony's Story (Short Story)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Bean Trees (Novel Excerpt)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Last Leaf (Short Story)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Kite Runner (Novel Excerpt)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Harrison Bergeron (Radio Play)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Easy text - Immigration and Population

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Easy text - The Melting Pot

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Immigrant Stories

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Ellis Island

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    African Americans Today

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Easy text - Native Americans

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans - Ancestral Voices

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    In Pursuit of a Dream

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
SubjectEmne

Oppgaver og aktiviteter

SubjectEmne

Kildemateriale

  • SharedResourceDelte ressurser

    Million Dollar Baby (Film)

  • SharedResourceDelte ressurser

    The Pursuit of Happyness (Film)

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff