What tendencies in American society is Vonnegut satirizing? Does the story argue for anything?

Respond with higher-order critical thinking to the following prompts about “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut.
What tendencies in American society is Vonnegut satirizing? Does the story argue for anything? How would you sum up its theme?IsDiana Moon Glampers a “flat” or a “round” character? Would you callVonnegut’s characterization of her “realistic”? If not, why doesn’t itneed to be?Fromwhat point of view is the story told? Why is it more effective than ifHarrison Bergeron had told his own story in the first person?Twosympathetic critics of Vonnegut’s work, Karen and Charles Wood, havesaid of his stories: “Vonnegut proves repeatedly…that men and womenremain fundamentally the same, no matter what technology surroundsthem.” Try applying this comment to “Harrison Bergeron.” Do you agree?Stanislaw Lem, Polish author of Solarisand other novels, once made this thoughtful criticism of many of hiscontemporaries among science fiction writers: “The revolt against themachine and against civilization, the praise of the ‘aesthetic’ natureof catastrophe, the dead-end course of human civilization—these aretheir foremost problems, the intellectual content of their works. SuchSF is as it were a priori vitiated by pessimism, in the sensethat anything that may happen will be for the worse.” (“The Time-TravelStory and Related Matters of SF Structuring,” Science Fiction Studies 1[1974], 143-154.) How might Lem’s objection be raised against “HarrisonBergeron”? In your opinion, does it negate the value of Vonnegut’sstory?

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