In the year 2081, all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General reinforces equality laws, forcing people to wear handicaps, masks for those who are too beautiful, loud radios that disrupt thoughts inside the ears of intelligent people, and heavy weights for the strong or athletic.
One April, 14-year-old Harrison Bergeron, an intelligent, athletic, and good-looking teenager and his parents George and Hazel Bergeron, George who has a radio that disrupts thoughts in his ears and weights on his neck and hazel who has an "average" intelligent
Some things about living still weren't quite right, George and Hazel Bergeron's fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, was taken away by the government because he was supposedly plotting to ruin the government
Hazel and George were watching TV. There were tears on Hazel's cheeks, but she'd forgotten for the moment what they were about. On the television screen were ballerinas. "That was a real pretty dance, that dance they just did," said Hazel. "Huh" said George. "That dance-it was nice," said Hazel. "Yup, " said George.