Lotteries and Handicaps
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.
In "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery", both texts show how the government tries to control how the people live. Harrison went against he government because it held him back from his full potential, while "The Lottery", even though people wanted to end it both situations ended up with them being killed.
Quote & Analysis Harrison Bergeron.
"’I am the Emperor!’ cried Harrison. ‘Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!’ He stamped his foot and the studio shook” (Vonnegut 3).
Vonnegut shows how Harrison didn’t like the rules so much he broke out of prison and went against every law possible. He was in jail for trying to be himself. He didn’t agree with the laws so he overpowered the government. This is why citizens should be able to overpower the government so they don’t die trying to be themselves.
Harrison had to go through being held back, and covered with handicaps almost all of his life. When he tries to show the world who he is the handicap general comes in and shoots him.
Mrs. Hutchinson's village participated in the lottery which controls the population. The situation ends with her being picked, and getting stoned to death.
In both stories the government controls how the people have to live, even when many are against it.
Quote & Analysis The Lottery
“‘They do say,’ Mr. Adams said to Old Man Warner, who stood next to him, ‘that over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery’"(Jackson 4).
The author shows how many other villagers decide to stop the lottery by going against the government. It shows how the lottery isn’t really helping anyone, and most people won’t participate. This supports that citizens should be able to overpower the government.