Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blog Response # 4: "Harrison Bergeron"

Read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut HERE.

Choose several of the following questions to guide your blog response
(due at 7 am Wed. 10/17)

What tendencies in present-day American society is Vonnegut satirizing? Does the story argue for anything? How would you sum up the theme? Is Vonnegut’s characterization of Diana Moon Glampers realistic? If not, why doesn’t it need to be? From what point of view is the story told? Why is it more effective than if Harrison Bergeron had told his own story in first person? Two sympathetic critics of Vonnegut’s work, Karen and Charles Wood, have said of his stories: “Vonnegut proves repeatedly…that men and women remaining fundamentally the same, no matter what technology surrounds them.” Try applying this comment to Harrison Bergeron.”

1 comment:

John kenshin said...

This is an interesting story, but it lacks length. Vonnegut restricted himself in this story and could have done a much better job if he would have made it longer and more detailed.