Essay on Theme

This essay has a total of 756 words and 3 pages.


Theme is a concept that can be related to all works of literature ranging from short
stories to novels. Theme, which is sometimes used in the same sense as motif to signify
recurring concepts in literature, refers mainly to the arguments or general ideas
expressed by a literary work, whether it is implied or explicitly stated. In the short
story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. theme played a vital role in the stories
general setup. "Harrison Bergeron" theme was on a general basic of equality. Equality is a
subject that is very touchy and most do not know how to conquer or talk about it, but
Vonnegut captured it in his story "Harrison Bergeron." According to Vonnegut and his them
equality could be obtained by these three main objectives. The three main objectives were
to 1) make everyone have the same intelligence, 2) make everyone the have the same
strengths and weaknesses, and 3) make everyone look alike.

One of the three main objectives that were used in the story "Harrison Bergeron" was that
everyone must look alike. This was accomplish by there not being makeup for women,
handicaps for all people, and other accessories put on the body to make a person seem as
if they had no strengths or weaknesses. An example of this happening was when Hazel and
George were having a conversation while watching ballerinas and the conversation went
blank because of a loud noise in George's and the ballerina's ears. It was stated in the
story that "Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant that she couldn't
think about anything in except in short burst. And George, while his intelligence was way
above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. . . Every twenty seconds or
Continues for 2 more pages >>