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Teaching Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron

"Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical and dystopian science-fiction short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and first published in October 1961. Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was republished in the author's Welcome to the Monkey House collection in 1968.\n\nThe story was written as a satire to offer a critique on people's claims that we should all be equal. It has been embraced by those critical of egalitarianism as an allegory of caution against socially enforced equality, more specifically the dangers of enforcing equality by virtue of leveling.

Kurt Vonnegut
"Harrison Bergeron," copyright © 1961 by Kurt Vonnegut, copyright renewed © 1989 by Kurt Vonnegut; from WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE by Kurt Vonnegut. Used by permission of Dell Publishing, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How can utopian ideals transform into dystopia?
STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.3 - Characters & Plot, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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