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  • Exposition The introduction of the future, society, and laws Everyone is equal; If you have an advantage in anyway (looks, smarts, athleticism, etc.) you will be handicapped, and if you refuse or disobey these rules you will be arrested or killed
  • Conflict in this story: Society handicaps people
  • "Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains."
  • Rising action 1: The Handicaps
  • Society handicaps people with an advantage in any way
  • "The minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society?"
  • "What would?"
  • "Reckon it'd fall apart."
  • Rising action 2: George & Hazel start to question society
  • "Society."
  • "Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen," she said in a grackle squawk, "has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous."
  • Rising action 3: Harrison escapes Jail
  • Climax: Diana shoots Emperor Harrison & The Empress
  • Falling Actions: Hazel watches Harrison die, George walks out the kitchen and asks whats wrong, Hazel forgets why she was upset
  • "I forget"
  • "Yup."
  • Resolution: George hears a gunshot in his head and both of them forget the "sad things"
  • "you been crying?"
  • "What about?"
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