What makes Harrison heroic is that he is willing to flaunt his singularity, even at the risk of death. This courage stands in stark contrast to George, who not only suffers his handicap, but argues for it. His wife, despite her average qualities, sees the injustice and wants to alleviate George's suffering, but George refuses to do so, instead repeating the government's policy. He is too scared to transgress, and as a result allows the injustice to continue. What Vonnegut suggests is that nothing can change unless individuals force it, but that individuals too often lack the courage to enforce that chance.
You know you are dealing with a truly great artist when people can still find relevance to today’s events in works the artist created long ago. Obviously, we at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library believe in Vonnegut’s artistic greatness and continued relevance to future generations, so we are always on the lookout for others who share this view. The following essay is from the Brookfield [Connecticut] Patch . It discusses Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” in relation to the demonstrations in the Middle East and other countries and also emphasizes the importance of an educated populace in a democracy (a particularly important topic in the state of Indiana at this time as our legislators debate proposed changes to the state’s public education system ).