Citizens Shall Rule the Government
Son of George and Hazel. Harrison Bergeron was extremely intelligent and more attractive than the others. Since he was equal to the citizens, he was forced to hide himself to make others to not feel bad about themselves. He tried to overthrow the government since he didn't like how he was being treated just because he was born different.
In The Lottery, Tessie is stoned to death by everyone in the village in order to the control the population. She was chosen by the lottery to get stoned. Which isn't right since that is inhumane.
In both stories The Government places a big role, obviously. In "The Lottery" they're forced to throw someone to get stoned to death, while in "Harrison Bergeron" they can't truly express themselves since everybody has to be "equal"
Quote and Analysis
"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. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains" (Vonnegut 1).
This helps by showing how the government controlled his whole life. Harrison was smarter than all the other citizens, making the government be able to control his life. The transmitter hurt Harrison by sending sharp noises through his ear, which makes him unable to use his brain and think properly. Harrison was born smart, the government shouldn't be able to control his brain. They should have a right to use their intelligence if they have it. He is required to wear it all times, which means he has no freedom at all to use his intelligence the way he to wants to use it
"Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. 'It isn't fair,' she said" (Jackson 7).
This helps show how the government is inhumane against their citizens. She keeps saying "It isn't fair." except the government just cares about controlling their population and not how their citizens feel. The government is stoning people to death, this should stop since the citizens don't agree with this. Their family also has to participate in killing their family member. Which is very inhumane, the family has to witness their death right in front of their eyes, also they're forced to participate in it.