In 2081, intelligent, beautiful, and strong people must wear handicaps so that everyone is equal. Hazel, an average person, and George, an exceptionally intelligent and strong individual with debilitating handicaps, watch ballet on the television. Their son Harrison has just been arrested.
Harrison, having escaped jail, interrupts the dance performance, announcing himself as emperor. He strips off his handicaps with ease and claims a dancer as his empress. He removes the musicians' handicaps, and then he and his empress dance.
The Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, shoots Harrison Bergeron and his empress, killing them.
Literary Device - Simile
The Bergerons' TV shuts off right after Harrison and the dancer die. Hazel sees it, though she forgets it because she can never retain things. George, however, is getting a beer in the kitchen and does not witness his son's death.
When George asks Hazel her reason for crying, she does not remember and cannot inform him of their son's death. They continue living their limited life.
"They [Harrison and the dancer] leaped like deer on the moon" (Vonnegut 40). The author uses this literary device to emphasize how lightly and freely they dance, practically defying gravity. The usage of this simile affects the story by representing the freedom they experience without their handicaps.