Resistance to power- Attempts to use his mind, but always fails (“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..”)
George and his wife struggle with strict 100% equality lawsGeorge struggles with government mind controlGeorge feels depressed because he misses his son who was taken away by the government“Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.”"It was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazels son, Harrison Bergeron, away."
Characters Response to Power
Handicapper GeneralVillanThe handicapper general uses force to ensure that everyone is equalAnd 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.
Internal or ExternalType of ConflictTextual Evidence(How do you know?)ExternalPerson vs SocietyEvery twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.ExternalPerson vs TechnologyIt was such a doozy that George was white and trembling, and tears stood on the rims of his red eyes. Two of the eight ballerinas had collapsed to the studio floor, were holding their temple
SymbolismBallerinas- Ballerinas make George feel more pain, as they provoke him to think about an alternate life, which makes the radio go off (George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn’t be handicapped. But he didn’t get very far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts.)Weighted Balls- These objects represent the force that the government emits on the people in order to keep society 100% equal (They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot,1 and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face)