Citizens Right To Decide

The Community knows what's best

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be able to make their own decisions on what goes on in their community because they know what’s best for their community and the government should not have the right to come in and force unreasonable laws on the citizens.

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

In "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery", both texts have some issue hurting the community. In both stories, individuals within the community fail to think independently and refuse to question their preconceived traditions and beliefs. In "Harrison Bergeron", Harrison went against the government, while in "The Lottery", the citizens had no chose to go against anything.

Quotes and Analysis

Quote: "’It isn't fair,’ she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head” (Jackson 7).

Analysis: This supports my stance because Mrs. Hutchinson was saying it wasn’t fair. This means that the citizens did not have the option to decide.

Quote: “And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter” (Bergeron 1).

Analysis: This supports my stance because if the government had handicaps in heads, then how can the citizens have the right to decide?


I think that the citizens have the right to decide what's best for the community. I say this because I think the government should not decide what they think is best for the community. In the coming election some things that are important to me is that everyone get's treated equally. The thing I am most afraid of is Trump becoming president.