Citizens Need More Power
Give the Citizens Power
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Quote: “It isn't fair, it isn't right” (Jackson 7).
Analysis: The people didn’t want to be killed, they didn’t think it was fair that in order to save the crops they had to die, but the government didn’t give any other choice. This is an example of why they need rights, the government didn't give them any choice on what they wanted to do it was said they had to do this. If there were choices , the people would not want to over power the government.
Quote: “Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else .Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else (Vonnegut 1).
Analysis: No one was better, is some peoples opinion, and other peoples opinion everyone was better. It was all a matter of opinion, it is all on what the government thinks however, the citizens thoughts didn't matter as long as the government was happy with what was going on.
Harrison Bergeron was one of the biggest part of the story. Harrison Bergeron wanted to overthrow the government because he no longer wanted the government to keep controlling them, he didn't think what they were doing to the people was right so, Harrison tried to over power the government but in the process the government had found what he was doing and had him killed.
In "The Lottery", each year they would pick one person and they would be killed as a ritual that they think would help the crops grow. Mrs. Hutchinson was okay with people being killed in the lottery until one day she had been picked. Mrs. Hutchinson's whole opinion on the lottery had then changed as she was picked, then it wasn't okay to be killed it was unfair because she was the one dying.
Power to the People
"The Lottery" Mrs. Hutchinson was killed because she was picked from the black box, they killed her to help the crops even though, of course she wasn't okay with it. In "Harrison Bergeron" Harrison tried to overthrow the government because he disliked the way they were being treated as citizens, but the government had killed him before he could make the change that he wanted.