Harrison Bergeron

by

Kurt Vonnegut

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Diana Moon Glampers (Handicapper General) Character Analysis

Diana Moon Glampers is the Handicapper General of the United States. She is responsible for regulating the minds and bodies of all American citizens in order to ensure that all people are absolutely equal. In “Harrison Bergeron,” Diana Moon Glampers’ character represents the oppressive authority of the totalitarian government. She is responsible for shooting and killing both Harrison Bergeron and the Ballerina on live television in order to quell their dissent and send a message to all citizens that displays of individualism and talent will not be tolerated.

Diana Moon Glampers (Handicapper General) Quotes in Harrison Bergeron

The Harrison Bergeron quotes below are all either spoken by Diana Moon Glampers (Handicapper General) or refer to Diana Moon Glampers (Handicapper General). 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

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
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Diana Moon Glampers (Handicapper General) Character Timeline in Harrison Bergeron

The timeline below shows where the character Diana Moon Glampers (Handicapper General) appears in Harrison Bergeron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Equality vs. Individualism Theme Icon
...is due to a series of amendments to the Constitution, and to the vigilance of the United States Handicapper General . (full context)
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Media and Ideology Theme Icon
Dissent vs. Authority Theme Icon
...refuses, reminding his wife of the punishment he would receive if he were caught disobeying the Handicapper General : “Two years in prison and two thousand dollars fine for every ball I took... (full context)
Equality vs. Individualism Theme Icon
Media and Ideology Theme Icon
Dissent vs. Authority Theme Icon
The Power of the Arts Theme Icon
All of a sudden, Diana Moon Glampers , the Handicapper General, barges onto the scene with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She shoots... (full context)