History Literature / HarrisonBergeron

9th Jun '16 5:33:15 PM Eagal
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"The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else." The U.S. Constitution has been amended to allow the Handicapper General to physically handicap anyone with an advantage. The story centers on George and Hazel Bergeron and their fourteen-year-old son Harrison, who has been imprisoned because he constantly outgrows his handicaps. It begins with George and Hazel watching television when breaking news announces that Harrison has escaped from prison, followed by Harrison bursting into the TV studio. He is revealed as being not just above-average, but outright superhuman. Among other things, [[spoiler:he can fly]].

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"The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else." The U.S. Constitution has been amended to allow the Handicapper General to physically handicap anyone with an advantage. The story centers on George and Hazel Bergeron and their fourteen-year-old son Harrison, who has been imprisoned because he constantly outgrows his handicaps. It begins with George and Hazel watching television when breaking news announces that Harrison has escaped from prison, followed by Harrison bursting into the TV studio. He is revealed as being not just above-average, but outright superhuman. Among other things, [[spoiler:he he can fly]].
fly.
24th May '16 9:41:48 AM DelShiftB
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\n----\n* YouCanSayThatAgain: At the end, where Hazel could tell that one was a doozy.
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19th Aug '15 8:13:48 AM gaimanite.pkat
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* InformedAbility: Harrison is supposed to be a genius. But what he actually ''does'' isn't smart at all: he breaks into a TV studio, declares himself to be Emperor, picks a dancer to be his empress and dances with her [[spoiler:until the Handicapper General arrives and shoots them both.]]

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* InformedAbility: Harrison is supposed to be a genius. But what he actually ''does'' isn't smart at all: he breaks into a TV studio, declares himself to be Emperor, picks a dancer to be his empress and dances with her [[spoiler:until the Handicapper General arrives and shoots them both.]]]] Though the psychological damage of imprisonment could have had an impact.
5th Mar '15 2:31:45 PM Eegah
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* DumbBlonde: Hazel has perfectly average intelligence and doesn't need any mental handicaps, which translates to this.
12th Jan '15 12:44:05 PM randomsurfer
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: He dies and nothing changes.]] But the movie, at least, implies that this may not last.

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: He [[spoiler:He dies and nothing changes.]] But the movie, at least, implies that this may not last.
20th Dec '14 7:53:08 AM Katherine
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* RevealingCoverUp: The handicaps used are both visible and proportional to a person's abilities, which ironically makes exceptional people ''more'' obvious.
-->She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous. And it was easy to see that she was the strongest and most graceful of all the dancers, for her handicap bags were as big as those worn by two-hundred pound men.
12th Sep '14 1:51:46 AM Aquila89
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* GeniusBruiser

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* GeniusBruiserGeniusBruiser: Harrison, supposedly.



* InformedAbility: Harrison is supposed to be a genius. But what he actually ''does'' isn't smart at all: he breaks into a TV studio, declares himself to be Emperor, picks a dancer to be his empress and dances with her [[spoiler:until the Handicapper General arrives and shoots them both.]]



* [[spoiler: ShootTheShaggyDog]] [[spoiler: It turns out, Harrison [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim isn't bulletproof]]. And the government inadvertently wipes his death from his parent's memories.]]

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* [[spoiler: ShootTheShaggyDog]] ShootTheShaggyDog [[spoiler: It turns out, Harrison [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim isn't bulletproof]]. And the government inadvertently wipes his death from his parent's memories.]]
27th Mar '14 10:31:48 PM LeighSabio
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* BoomerangBigot: The handicapper general, against {{badass}}es
2nd Jan '14 7:29:08 AM jkp1187
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** As a noted anti-authoritarian, it's obvious that a character who proclaims himself ruler and emperor is not meant to be heroic.
13th Dec '13 11:43:20 AM LadyPhantomhive
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* CrapsaccharineWorld, if you are average
* CrapsackWorld, if you are not - and neither Harrison nor Philippa weren't.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld, CrapsaccharineWorld: if you are average
average.
* CrapsackWorld, CrapsackWorld: if you are not - and neither Harrison nor Philippa weren't.were.
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