Citizens should have freedom

The people should rise up & fight against the government

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be allowed to have freedom of choice by demonstrating the ability to control their minds and get rid of traditions.

Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut & The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

· In “Harrison Bergeson” and “The Lottery” both texts demonstrate that the governments control the citizens. Harrison was controlled by the government at a young age because he was too smart. Tess was stoned because her name was on a piece of paper that the town put in place.


  1. “The rest of Harrison's appearance was Halloween and hardware. Nobody had ever born heavier handicaps. He had outgrown hindrances faster than the H-G men could think them up. Instead of a little ear radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of earphones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses” (Vonnegut Jr 3).

Harrison was stripped of his freedom and amazing attributes from birth and as a result he had to suffer which shows how the government oppresses him.

2. "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. Old Man Warner was saying, "Come on, come on, everyone." Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with Mrs. Graves beside him."It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her" (Jackson 7).

It shows the unfair aspect of the lottery and how an old tradition causes the death of an innocent woman.