Harrison Bergeron

by

Kurt Vonnegut

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The Ballerina is one of the dancers in the televised dance performance that George and Hazel Bergeron watch throughout the story. Initially, she is subject to extreme mental and physical handicaps, as well as a disfiguring disguise. When Harrison Bergeron storms onto the stage and commands, “Let the first woman who dares rise to her feet claim her mate and her throne,” this ballerina is brave enough to stand, and so she becomes Harrison’s Empress. Harrison removes all her handicaps, revealing her “blindingly beautiful” looks, and the two of them dance wonderfully together before Harrison and the Empress are shot and killed by Diana Moon Glampers in order to quell their dissent.

Ballerina/Empress Quotes in Harrison Bergeron

The Harrison Bergeron quotes below are all either spoken by Ballerina/Empress or refer to Ballerina/Empress. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Delta Trade Paperbacks edition of Harrison Bergeron published in 1998.
Harrison Bergeron Quotes

The music began again and was much improved. Harrison and his Empress merely listened to the music for a while-listened gravely, as though synchronizing their heartbeats with it. They shifted their weights to their toes. Harrison placed his big hands on the girl’s tiny waist, letting her sense the weightlessness that would soon be hers. And then, in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang! Not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion as well.

Related Characters: Harrison Bergeron (speaker), Ballerina/Empress (speaker)
Page Number: 12
Explanation and Analysis:

Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor.

Page Number: 12
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ballerina/Empress Character Timeline in Harrison Bergeron

The timeline below shows where the character Ballerina/Empress appears in Harrison Bergeron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Harrison Bergeron
Equality vs. Individualism Theme Icon
Media and Ideology Theme Icon
Dissent vs. Authority Theme Icon
The Power of the Arts Theme Icon
...woman who dares rise to her feet [will] claim her mate and her throne!” A ballerina rises to join him, and Harrison destroys all of her handicaps as well, revealing her... (full context)
Equality vs. Individualism Theme Icon
Dissent vs. Authority Theme Icon
The Power of the Arts Theme Icon
...to the music, and eventually, “in an explosion of joy and grace” Harrison and the ballerina spring in the air and float up to the ceiling. They kiss the ceiling and... (full context)
Equality vs. Individualism Theme Icon
Media and Ideology Theme Icon
Dissent vs. Authority Theme Icon
The Power of the Arts Theme Icon
...General, barges onto the scene with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She shoots Harrison and the ballerina, who die before they hit the ground. She then instructs the musicians to put their... (full context)