We The People
Civilians Have The Power
In “The lottery” and “Harrison Bergeron” the both governments had full control over all its citizens. These governments never listened to their civilians and were always right. The handicap laws were mandatory and so were the lotteries. When the citizens tried to intervene in the government they were denied or even killed like Harrison in “Harrison Bergeron”.
Quote and Analysis
Quote: "I am the Emperor!" cried Harrison. "Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!" He stamped his foot and the studio shook” (Vonnegut 3).
Analysis: This quote shows that some of the citizens didn’t like the handicap generals and opposed it like Harrison. Not everyone in this community wants huge metal equipment and heavy bags on their heads and backs. It does not make everyone equal and the people should be allowed freedom.
Quote: "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (Jackson 7).
Analysis: This quote is showing that Mrs. Hutchison doesn’t wasn’t the lottery anymore because its not fair and its not just. The lottery is a old and worn out tradition and should not be allowed anymore. It should be abandoned and forgotten. Some of the villages already stopped it because the people didn’t like it.
Tessie is the loser of the lottery and protests about how unfair it is and says it shouldn't be her. Tessie died by her family and the community.
The Handicap General controls and can place any handicaps on all civilian's if they are more perfect than the other people in the community. Harrison was tired of the handicaps and rebelled against the government. When Harrison opposed the government he was shot and killed.