by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
An email I sent Tues, 11/25, 10:11 am
I have been reading your Harrison Bergeron essays. Some observations to help you. The title can't be "Harrison Bergeron" alone, however you may include it in your title. Since this is an essay on how YOU are "differently abled" and on equality, perhaps those words would be good in the title. The title of an essay should represent the essay in some way. As I have said the quotes are to be used to help you tell us about how you are differently abled and to discuss the concept of equality in your lives. Consider how you may be exceptioanl in something and are prevented from excelling. You have written stuff about yourself (Iam) and about schools (opin01). Use these connections in your essay on Harrison Bergeron. Be sure to include the title of the story in quotes and also include the author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. when you first mention the story. Outline: I. Start with how you are differently abled and the pros/cons about achieving equality in your life. II. Make connecitons to "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and use the quotes to help. III. Make connections to your I am, and opin01 essay, esp those on schools and what they do to hinder excellence and only try to achieve a simple equality and even handicap you as a student. IV. Create good, creative title
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a story about attaining equality using some extreme measures and methods. The constant desire to attain equality in schools and in life contrasts with a natural or unnatural desire to compete and to assert our individuality or genius. On the one hand we desire people to do their best and then in practice we set handicaps on people to prevent success. You may find this story a very interesting dilemma, not too dissimilar to our own. You may also find it disturbing. Read the story and then think how this story relates to you. Think about whether Nietzsche wasn't on to something when he criticized the naive idea of human equality. Or that uniformity (of any kind) leads to the loss of individuality, and therefore to absolute deformity of humanness.
Use the questions below to help you understand the story and to write your essay. You can answer all of them on separate paper before you incorporate the answers into your essay. The questions are designed to help you find support from the text to write your essay.
create a file called harrison.html to write this essay.
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