The year is 2081. The world has become fully equal. Everyone is forced to think exactly the same and if they don't they have radio signals that pierce their ears. Years ago, George and Hazel Bergeron's son had been taken away from them because he was too smart, but they don't think of it much now because if they think about anything they are stopped. (pages 1 and 2)
The Bergorons sit at home and mindlessly watch synchronized ballerinas on the television. One of the ballerinas interrupts the program saying that a convict has escaped the prison. That convict was none other than their son, Harrison Bergeron himself. He then bursts through the doors of the studio and onto the screen. The parents are filled with consternation when they see who it is. (pages 7, 8, and 9)
He chooses one of the ballerinas as his "Empress" and takes out her handicaps and mask to reveal her true beauty. They begin dancing and "kissing the ceiling". For the first time the world saw what it was like to be genuine. (pages 9-11)
The Handicapper General comes into the studio with vigilance and a shotgun. The two winced and cowered. She shot and neutralized the two in an instant. She then points the gun at the musicians and tells them to put their handicaps back in or she would shoot them. The television then goes black. (page 11)
George had gone out for a beer. When he comes back he sees his wife in tears. He asks her what the matter was but she doesn't remember. Nobody will ever remember and life goes on just as it was, displaying the world's hopelessness for change. (pages 11 and 12)
Harrison Bergeron is a fictional yet jarring story about a dystopian society where everyone is the same. I think that the author wrote this to encourage people do enjoy life they way it is and realize that total fairness isn't what people want. If the world gets to a point like this, it will be hard to stop it.