Harrison Bergeron

by

Kurt Vonnegut

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Hazel Bergeron is the mother of Harrison Bergeron and the wife of George Bergeron. Unlike her husband and son, Hazel is described as having “perfectly average” strength and intelligence (she is unable to “think about anything except in short bursts”), so she is not subjected to any mental or physical handicaps. Hazel has a loving, supportive presence throughout the story, and although she never speaks directly against the Handicapper General, she laments the fact that her husband and son are burdened by the law. She suggests, for example, that her husband rest his handicaps, stating, “I don’t care if you’re not equal to me for a while,” though she concedes that if people broke the law then society would fall apart, which shows her ambivalent relationship to the status quo. Hazel cries after the murder of her son, but due to her inability to focus on a single thought for more than an instant, she is unable to recall why she is upset once the television burns out.

Hazel Bergeron Quotes in Harrison Bergeron

The Harrison Bergeron quotes below are all either spoken by Hazel Bergeron or refer to Hazel Bergeron. 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 minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society?” If Hazel hadn't been able to come up with an answer to this question, George couldn't have supplied one. A siren was going off in his head. “Reckon it'd fall all apart,” said Hazel.

Related Characters: George Bergeron (speaker), Hazel Bergeron (speaker)
Related Symbols: Handicap Devices
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:
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Hazel Bergeron Character Timeline in Harrison Bergeron

The timeline below shows where the character Hazel Bergeron appears in Harrison Bergeron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...the nation’s sweeping equality, all is not wholly perfect—“H-G men” have taken away George and Hazel Bergeron’s teenaged son, Harrison. Though this is tragic, the Bergerons “couldn’t think about it very... (full context)
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The TV is broadcasting a dance performance and, though Hazel says the dance is “nice,” George begins to wonder whether it would be better if... (full context)
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Noticing that her husband looks tired, Hazel suggests that he rest his physical handicap (a canvas bag filled with heavy lead balls,... (full context)
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George, who had left the living room to get a beer, returns to find Hazel in tears, but Hazel cannot remember why she is crying. George urges Hazel to “forget... (full context)