“Harrison Bergeron”&“The Lottery”

Government needs to step down and give citizens a say

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be able to control the rules and regulations over the government because the government only causes horrible problems for everyone.

"The Lottery" and "Harrison Bergeron"

In Harrison Bergeron and The Lottery, they need to get rid of the government because it is not keeping the towns happy or clean running, it is actually causing more problems. In Harrison Bergeron it caused Harrison to go crazy and try to over throw the government because he couldn’t be himself, he had to try to be someone he wasn’t. In The Lottery it proves that the government isn’t always a good thing and this is proved because the government said that someone would die once a year.

Quote and Analysis

Quote: "'You didn't give him enough time to take any paper he wants. I saw you. It wasn't fair!'" (Jackson 5).

Analysis: In the Lottery they say how it wasn't fair because no one in the story besides Old Man Warner wants to do this lottery but it is enforced by the town's councilmen. If citizens had a choice, I believe they would get rid of it completely.

Quote: "She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor"(Vonnegut 4).

Analysis: The quote is how the handicap general came in and shot the two because they were trying to be themselves. If being yourself is a crime, then there's no point of living. Everyone being the same isn't going to work out.


In conclusion, the government needs to step down because they don't care about the people, they only listen to higher valued government officials. This coming election will be an interesting one because you have Donald Trump who is famous for being sexist and racist, you have Hillary Clinton who is seen as stupidly funny and then you have the one everyone loves, Bernie Sanders. I'm most scared of not being able to live a comfortable life because our president is taking money for other things that are irrelevant, starting wars with other countries or even abusing the power he/she has. I think we should all be like we used to be, as one country and no one hated a specific group of people.