Harrison Bergeron

by: Kurt Vonnegut

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained
1. “I think I’d make a good Handicapper General.”
“Good as anybody else,” said George.
 “Who knows better’n I do what normal is?” said Hazel.

This passage appears near the beginning of the story. Vonnegut seems to suggest that Hazel’s similarity to Diana Moon Glampers is disturbing because it means that the country is being run by people just as clueless as Hazel. When George says that Hazel is as “[g]ood as anybody else,” we get the idea that she is just as confused and incapable of serious thought as every other average American living in the year 2081. Hazel’s confidence in her understanding of “normal” is both funny and sinister. Her self-confidence in understanding “normal” is amusing, especially because it comes on the heels of her ludicrous suggestion that the government should interrupt thoughts on Sundays with religious-sounding chimes. But it is also a disturbing and subtle reminder that in this futuristic America, the people who run the country are in power not because of their brains or savvy, but because of their normalcy.