Citizens Deserve Their Rights

Citizens Rights

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be able to have more freedom and rights coming from the government because citizens should have the right to live life the way they desire.

“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

Summary: “The Lottery” Mr. Summers who is in order the big events has a tradition where he calls the head of every household to choose a slip from the black wooden box which will determine the fate of one of their family members. In “Harrison Bergeron” Everyone has to wear handicaps forced by the government. Harrison was sent to jail but escaped and declared he was emperor on national television. Which interrupted The Ballet. Harrison told the ballerina’s to take handicaps off, and they did. Then Diana (Handicapper General) shot the emperor and the empress and told the musicians to put the handicaps back on.

Quote & Analysis

Quote: “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready; there were stones on the ground with the blowing scraps of paper that had come out of the box Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands and turned to Mrs. Dunbar. "Come on," she said. "Hurry up." (Jackson, 7).

Analysis: This quote is showing that the villagers remembered to use stones, which is showing that they know what they want them to do already. In my thesis “citizens should live the way they desire” I believe that maybe the villagers did not want to throw stones at who was chosen to be killed.

Quote: “It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor. Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on” (Vonnegut, 5).

Analysis: With my thesis “citizens should have more freedom “this is showing that when Harrison and the ballerina took their handicaps off, the Handicapper General shot the Emperor and Empress and forces the musicians to put back their handicaps. Showing that the government takes freedom and has total control over them.


I believe that citizens should have the right to live the the way they desire because if the government has control over the citizens, citizens either are threatned or killed for trying to be theirselves or trying to have their freedom. The Government should give the citizens their desires of freedom.