Citizens and the Government

Thesis

Citizens should be able to rule the government because the people should be able to have an opinion and it can benefit everyone to follow the rules.

Summary

In "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery", both text explain how people view the government and how they go against tradition to change it. In "Harrison Bergeron", Harrison went against the government and didn't want to be 'equal' to everyone. In "The Lottery" there was a group of younger kids who decided to quite doing the lottery.

Quote 1:

"Harrison thrust his thumbs under the bar of the padlock that secured his head harness. The bar snapped like celery. Harrison smashed his headphones and spectacles against the wall" (Vonnegut 4).

Analysis: This shows that Harrison was tired of being equal to everyone he wanted everyone to be themselves. So Harrison rebelled against the government and took off all his handicaps to prove that no one can control.

Quote 2:

"...that over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery'

Old Man Warner snorted. 'Pack of crazy fools,' he said. 'Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them'" (Jackson 4).

Analysis: This shows that a group of younger people in another village already tried to quite doing the lottery because they didn't want to continue on with that tradition. So since they quite doing the tradition they went against what they believed in to do something for the better.

Conclusion

All in all, citizens should be able to rule the government because the people should be able to have an opinion and it can benefit everyone to follow the rules. If citizens come together to make laws then they will most likely be able to follow them.