Topic: Harrison Bergeron
Read Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., make notes on the story, then join the discussion that follows.
Review your notes on this short story. Try to score 30 points using the following as a guide.
Your notes should include character names, short descriptions, a couple quotes for each to show a trait.
Hazel - "Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn’t think about anything except in short bursts."
Note any new or challenging words you encountered in your reading of the story. Include them in a contextual quote.
American Constitution - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Constitution
First Amendment - "Freedom of Speech" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
Note the order of events in the story, highlight the event that has the highest point of action or tension.
Hazel's tears spark early interest and question: "There were tears on Hazel’s cheeks, but she’d forgotten for the moment what they were about."
Describe the time and place of the story.
"THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal"
What is the underlying focus of the story? (Consider these Focus Questions as a guide).
"What can we do if we feel our rights have been denied?" What does Harrison do when his rights are denied?
Discuss the struggles between opposing forces. human vs human, human vs nature, human vs self.
Literary Devices(2 points)
Draw attention to the author's use of imagery, symbols, archetypes as a way of developing an idea. Note interesting passages with simile, metaphor, hyperbole etc.
Connect to "Cultural Milieu"(10 points)
Consider questions on the "flip-side" of your reading log. Explore connections to your own interests, experiences, values. Explore connections to other texts -books, stories, films, songs, etc. Explore connections to your world - news, history, philosophy, religion, politics, sport, etc.