Harrison Begeron: The Role Of Conformity English Short Story Essay

606 words - 3 pages

September 19th, 2017
The Results of Conformity
The human brain is programmed in such a way that we strive to feel accepted into society. We may not
agree with the system of which we have decided to follow, however, due to the fact that everyone is following it,
we choose to do the same. This is what is known as conformity. Unconsciously, everything we do is somehow
conforming with society. Throughout this short story ​Harrison Bergeron​, written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. the idea of
conforming is portrayed in many ways. One of the main ways is through the character George Bergeron. George
Bergeron is someone who follows rules and believes in the thought that a world where no one follows rules is a
world of chaos and fighting. As stated, “...If I tried to get away with it, then other people would get away with it
too-and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages…” (Vonnegut, 2). This shows that George believes that
breaking the rules can be nothing but bad. He is also someone who does what is expected of him, or in other words,
he is a conformist.
While reading this short story, it becomes very clear that this fictional character is a conformist, but so is
many real people in society today. For example, I am very similar to George in the means that I am also
conforming with society. I go to school, to get good grades, which will allow me to get into a good university,
which will grant me job support, which guarantees a good life. That is what I believe. Or is it what society has
made me believe? I have this idea that if I follow the majority, I will be successful. However, in reality, it is the
minority that makes their own steps, who...

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