Citizens Deserve Equality

Power Through Collaborization Among Community Members

Thesis Statement

The citizens should be able to make their own decisions for their community by creating laws that pertain to the majority not including the government’s involvements.

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson exhibit the limits of government and tradition and society

In "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery" both texts represent the struggle for equality within traditions or laws that the government are overpowering the people with.

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.


My idea that allows citizens to make their own decisions disregarding the governments input will better off communities. This lets them collaborate among themselves and make the laws that they want. The points that are most important to me would be the raising of taxes. Things i'm scared about is that whoever ends up being president will make the wrong decisions for our future.