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 become well known amongst the general population. Most people are
unconsciously following these steps, which society has stated is the best way to be happy, just like George. I, for
one, see a very big resemblance with George Bergeron and myself in the way of which we are conforming with
society. We are both wondering what it would be like without this system of which we follow, however, we still
follow it. Furthermore, social media is another big aspect of conformity that I have faced. While on social media
you are doing exactly what is expected of you. You are following the hundreds of thousands of people who believe
that sharing everything in your life to a bunch of strangers is how to be happy. Which in fact is untrue, and it is
only another means of conformity. Social media has a very big influence on people’s actions and physical
appearance. For example, someone might see a very slim person on the internet and wish that they could look like
that. Instead of loving themselves for who they are, they have this preconceived idea that in order to fit in, you
must look a certain way. I can related to this because as a student currently studying in a high school, it is
important for me to look nice, otherwise people will not take me seriously. This is another form of conformity.
In conclusion, conformity may not be a bad thing but it makes everyone unoriginal. It contradicts the idea
that difference is okay, and that everyone is not the same. We all conform with society, however, the question we
should all be asking is how can we stop, and if there is a way that we can stop, should we? Will a world full of
nonconformists be a better place?

RELATED

Harrison Bergeron, short story by Kurt Vonnegut - ULM English 1002 - Short Story

2201 words - 9 pages HARRISON BERGERON by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. 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

Short Story: Tales of the Eastside - english - essay

1557 words - 7 pages Nathan Hamm April 26, 2018 4th hour Short Story: Tales of the Eastside (Rough Draft) Have you ever been stuck in unfamiliar territory? Well I have. My name is Nathan and I have been a west sider all my life. I live in Detroit Michigan. Although I have inhabited the west side and breathed its air for nearly 18 years, I haven’t even discovered nearly half of the west side of Detroit or any of the east side. I’m very unfamiliar with Detroit. I

Short Story Literary Essay "The Force of Luck" by Rudolfo A. Anaya - St. Basil, English - Short Story Literary Essay

926 words - 4 pages reader to see that honesty is always the best option in a hard situation. This essay will attempt to prove how Anaya illustrates the theme of "honesty" in this story through the use of the following three literary devices which are situational irony, dramatic irony, and character. The theme of honesty is shown through situational irony, when the miller loses the first two hundred dollars that he received from the one man who believed in luck

English Short Story + Justification - The Scots College Year 11 English - Short Story

1575 words - 7 pages paired with a disconnection from society can lead to alienation and psychological torment. The protagonist’s name, Samson, is significant as he is a character in the bible that is famous for taking his own life. This name suggests he comes from a religious family and also foreshadows his future of suicide. The inspiration for my narrative was the true story of Kalief Browder. He was a man that was falsely accused of theft and ended up committing

Full of sins (short horror-like story for a grade 10 assignement) - English - Short Story

1332 words - 6 pages hits the table and falls into the fire. Leo had no regrets or remorse, he stared at Hal burning alive and the smell of his melting skin running through his nose made him feel satisfied. As the ashes burned red, Leo turned around and slowly walked away the sirens threatening his ears. By the time the police arrived the house was burned down and no evidence was left. Leo was never found and never was he heard from again. One thing is certain, he is still laying somewhere and could be your next bedtime story or your worst nightmare.

The Terrors of War I Want to Escape From - English Extension 11B - Short Story

1150 words - 5 pages English Short Story By Thang Truong The piercing sound of bullets, the roaring sound of heavy artillery, and the resounding terrors of war has given me another chance to serve America. It feels like my mind has escaped from what I’d thought would be an eternal darkness, as my eyes slowly fluttered open, I found myself laying along the beach shores. The sea of waves diluted in the blood of my fallen brothers, slowly crept up to collide against my

War - Short story based on the poem Out Out Robert Frost - English - Essay

974 words - 4 pages 15th January 1998, Location: US Base Afghanistan. Today made it 4 months, 4 weeks and 6 hours since we got off the helicopter and landed in this desert. I was more of a newbie who just got off the parade squad and was handed a rifle and some piece of encouragements. I remembered that final night before departure and the fun I had with Sean my best friend and adopted army elder brother. Well, I am Nate or rather 1042 for those who cared to ask a

A short story analysis of the Juggler - Vanier - Short story analysis

1080 words - 5 pages General Statement The short story, “The Juggler”, written by Ursula Hegi, takes place in Coeur d’Alene in the first weekend of October. This first-person narrator tells the story of a mother who is struggling to accept the fact that her daughter Zoe’s boyfriend Michael is slowly losing his eyesight. The author starts by describing the relationship between Michael and Zoe as very loving but dependant relationship. Main idea He then proceeds to

The Role Of Reputation in The Crucible - English 4 - Essay

939 words - 4 pages Hawkins Andrew Hawkins Heather Mullman English II Pre-AP/Honors 6 February 2019 The Role of Reputation in The Crucible Reputation is an extremely important aspect of society, and was even of greater importance in the 17th century. Without a satisfactory reputation, it's near impossible to completely fit into society. Throughout The Crucible, the play by Arthur Miller, reputation is seen as a saving grace for some, or a fatal flaw for the unlucky

English Short Story, idea for a short story for university english. completed as a first assignment - English - Essay

792 words - 4 pages Mrs Lizzy’s House It was early in the summer of 2018 in small rural community in Newfoundland. There was not much to do around that small community for entertainment so we all had to find a way to have fun. So my name is Angel and I’ll be telling the story of the night we decided to break into an old house that is located in the middle of the community where I am from. So it all started one night when we were just walking around and talking

Symbolism Analysis of Short Story - Los Angeles Community College - Essay

1692 words - 7 pages Becker 1 Nate Becker Professor Murphy English 2, T/TH 5:15 1 June 2015 A Confession In Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a narrator lives under the watchful gaze of the eye of an old man with whom he lives. This eye haunts the narrator and he murders the old man. Officers are dispatched to the scene after a scream coming from the property is reported. After temporarily convincing them that no crime was committed, the narrator breaks down

The Interrupter: A Short story written by hannah Bartlette, it was an ongoing project. - English IB - Short Story Assignement

4031 words - 17 pages says. "Sweet, yes, but nothing short of preposterously annoying. I still hear his voice to this day," I say drifting into my memories. The moment ended and I notice the interrupter beginning to close his eyes, drifting off to sleep. I reached for his mug, intent on splashing him into consciousness, but my bound hands couldn't reach that far. "Wake up!" I yell, banging my fists on the table instead. "Yeah, yeah what?" he growls, startled out of his

The Gold Cadillac Book report short - Chaminade university of Honolulu English 200 - Short essay

505 words - 3 pages EN-201-30-2 : Final - short essay The Gold Cadillac is set in America and is about a black family who seem to be treated as equals. It addresses racism and the horrible effects that surrounds it. Families that sticks together to help guide each other even when they do not agree on something. In this book this family did just that. The purpose of the author writing this book is to show the readers how hard it was for black people back in those

An Essay On Sherman Alexie's Use Of Humor In His Short Story, "The Approximate Size Of My Favorite Tumor."

763 words - 4 pages Can You Laugh at Death?What would you do if you found out you were dying of cancer? Would you able to make jokes and laugh it off as though it were nothing? Would your humor be a way of denying the truth? People use humor in different ways. In "The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor", Sherman Alexie tells how one man tries to use humor to deny the reality of his terminal disease. He shows how humor can be taken too far. This story

Creative piece on individuality. Short story titled "the rock" - Radford/english - Creative assingment

498 words - 2 pages The Rock I caught sight of my three friends waiting for me at the lockers. Brittaney, Kelly and Sophia. Simultaneously they turned around and smiled. Their smiles shining almost as brightly as their platinum blonde hair. “Hey Sascha!” “Hey guys!” I called back. “Oh my god girl, we were just talking about the stupid English assignment Miss Leddilsby set us.” Kelly sniped. “She is the worst teacher ever” agreed Sophia. Oh no, I actually like