Being Part Of The Government

Human Right

Thesis Statement

Citizens should have the right to be involved in making decisions that are going to affect their lives, it’s their human and constitutional right to have a say/take part in the government

“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, both texts highlight why the government shouldn’t have control of its citizens, it causes rebellions from the citizens, because they don’t have say in what happens to them. The citizens in “Harrison Bergeron” had to wear the head transmitters and the weights or else they’ll be fined and jailed for taking them off. Everyone in “The Lottery” gathered around the center of the village for the lottery drawing for the family members in the village.

Quotes & Analysis

Quote: “"Two years in prison and two thousand dollars fine for every ball I took out," said George “I don't call that a bargain"” (Vonnegut 2).

Analysis: The citizens in the story have no choice but to wear the weights or else there will be consequence, such as going to jail and paying fines. The government has total control of the citizens which isn’t right because by doing that the citizens don’t get a say in what happens in their lives. They (the government) are violating a human right, which allows people to participate in the government, but the citizens in this story don't have that choice.

Quote: “"I wish they'd hurry," Mrs. Dunbar said to her older son “I wish they'd hurry"” (Jackson 4).

Analysis: The lottery was so important that everyone had to be there even though they didn’t want to be, because it was tradition. As stated in the quote you can tell that Mrs. Dunbar didn’t want to be there, she was nervous probably because she thought she might be the one to get killed. The lottery forces people to kill family members, giving the people no say if they want to do it or not.


It would be better if citizens made the laws that pertain to they're lives. They would feel more comfortable and safe doing what they want, instead of having the government doing it for them. The things that are most important to me in the upcoming election is gun violence. Many people die each day because of gun violence, so I'm hoping that the next president does something to put an end to it.