Citizens Deserve Equality
Power Through Collaborization Among Community Members
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson exhibit the limits of government and tradition and society
Quotes/Analysis "The Lottery"
“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. A stone hit her on the side of the head” (Jackson 7).
This quote supports the thesis because it proves that Ms. Hutchinson did not agree with the government and thought that what was about to happen was unfair. The members of the community should have the right to make their own decisions regarding traditions or rituals. She wasn’t just being a bad sport about the lottery. She was simply standing up for herself saying that it was unfair. If the citizens strongly disagree with the government, then that shows it’s not the best idea for them to try to control the citizens.
Quotes/Analysis "Harrison Bergeron"
"‘Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen,’ she said in a grackle squawk, ‘has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government’” (Vonnegut 3).
This quote supports the thesis statement because it clearly illustrates that Harrison Bergeron also didn’t agree with the government. He was thrown into jail due to the assumption that he was plotting to overthrow the government because it wasn’t fair. Equality was not the answer and by making everyone equal it caused more problems than what it was trying to fix. This proves the citizens should be able to make their own decisions not including the government’s interactions.
Mrs. Hutchinson is the wife of bill and the mother of two. She had arrived late to the lottery and as it went on she realized she had come to hate it because she ended up being the chosen one to die.
Harrison is the son of George and hazel. Harrison was the most perfect human being until in 2081 a law passed that everyone had to be represented equally.
If Mrs. Hutchinson and Harrison both could have changed the laws or traditions of their own government situations, then they would have lived in their own community. By dong that they also could have saved the lives of previous citizens in their community.