Citizens Place in Government

Why citizens need a higher place in their government

Thesis

Citizens should have a higher place in the government due to the fact that the government’s decisions affect the citizens the most, and are based off of what the Government’ feels they need instead of what they actually need.

Summary

In Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery" and Kurt Vonnegut’s "Harrison Bergeron", the citizens have an extremely acquiescent attitude towards their government, and their policies regarding the general public of which they think are serving the utilitarianism. In "The Lottery" the community was so blinded by the government’s ideal tradition, they ignored the fact that they were brutally murdering a member of their community, Tessie Hutchinson, who objected to the practice, and in "Harrison Bergeron", Harrison felt the need to try to overthrow the government to fix the standards imposed on society by the government and he as well was murdered.

Quote & Analysis "Harrison Bergeron"

"All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General" (Vonnegut 1). This is stating that the government imposed equality on the community by using the amendments. The citizens do not have a choice but to follow them or be arrested.

Quote & Analysis "The Lottery"

"'It isn't fair,' she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head...'It isn't fair, it isn't right,' Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her" (Jackson 7). This was in the process of the citizens stoning Tessie because she won the lottery. She completely disagreed with the practice but it was carried on anyways because the citizens have no say.

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Conclusion

To conclude, citizens should have a higher place in the government so they can impose their own ideals to their community so it better fits their wants and needs instead of what the governing officials feel that they need. In contrary to this, United States citizens would ruin America based off of the results of this coming election. For the republican category their leader is a business man. It also appears that Hillary Clinton will be the advocate for democrats instead of Bernie Sanders. America is in shambles b.