Characterization: Harrison Burgeron

Uber-talented Citizen

Indirectly: Strong

Harrison Burgeron is indirectly characterized as strong in "Harrison Burgeron." One example of this is one of his assigned handicap: weights attached to his person at all times. These weights are an attempt to keep him from jumping high, walking quickly, or expressing more strength than other citizens. When Harrison wears them, he is stil able to walk and escape jail. When Harrison takes of his weight at the concert, he jumps high and dances beautifully. This is indirect characterization because this does not explicitly tell us about Harrison, but we can gather this information based on the events in the story.

Directly: Intelligent

Harrison Burgeron was directly characterized as intelligent. One example of this is when the ballerina read the news bulletin about Harrison's escape from jail: "He is a genius...." This is an example of direct characterization because the words are explicitly spoken by a character in the story; the audience does not need to gather clues to support this information, either.

Jackson, Shirley. “The Lottery.” The Lottery and Other Stories. New York:
Farrar, 1991. 291-302.