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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Claim: It is impossible for everyone to be truly equal. Harrison Bergeron Eye of the Beholder Diana Moon Glampers:THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal...Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else...All this equality was due to...the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. The Leader on the television, says, It is essential, in this society, that we not only have a norm but that we conform to that norm! Differences weaken us! Variations destroy us!” The Ballerina: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. Janet Tyler: I never wanted to be beautiful. I never wanted to look like a painting. I never even wanted to be loved. Handicaps put on to make people more equal:The rest of Harrison's appearance was Halloween and hardware. Nobody had ever born heavier handicaps...he wore a tremendous pair of earphones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses. The spectacles were intended to make him not only half blind, but togive him whanging headaches besides. Doctor attempts to fix Miss Tylers face:I'm sorry your case is not one that we could have handled with plastic surgery, but your bone structure, flesh type many factors prohibit the surgical approach. The killing of the emporer and the empress:And then, neutraling gravity with love and pure will, they remained suspended in air inches below the ceiling, and they kissed each other for a long, long time.It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor. "Taking care" of those disrupting society:I say to you now...I say to you now that there is no such thingas a permissive society, because such a society cannot exist! They will scream at you and rant and rave and conjure up some dead and decadent picture of an ancient time when they said that all men are created equal! But to them equality was an equality of opportunity, an equality of status, an equality of aspiration!” Equality to the extreme: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. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. Conformity is key:It is essential in this society that we not only have a norm, but that we conform to that norm. Differences weaken us. Variations destroy us. An incredible permissiveness to deviation from this norm is what has ended nations and brought them to their knees. Conformity we must worship and hold sacred. Conformity is the key to survival. Harrison:And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron's fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away. Janet: People of my own kind!Congregated, doctor? You don't mean congregated, you mean segregated. You mean imprisoned. You're talking about a ghetto now. A ghetto designed for freaks!” Bandages:When...when will they take the bandages off?” (Janet) Handicaps:A buzzer sounded in George's head. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm.
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