Being Part Of The Government
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
George Bergeron is Harrison Bergeron's dad and because of his intelligence he has to be handicapped and every time he thinks of Harrison he hears noises in his head which causes him terrible pain throughout his head. George's intelligence was above normal so,every twenty seconds noises would off in his head through the head transmitter he wore so that he wouldn't take advantage of his brain.
Mrs. Dunbar was at the lottery drawing with her older son since Mr. Dunbar couldn't be there because of his broken leg. Mrs. Dunbar was drawing for her household in the place of her husband. Mrs. Dunbar wanted to get the drawing over with, she was nervous and didn't want to be there.
If the citizens in both stories would have stood up to the government and made they're voices heard, then the government would have no choice but to listen to they're demands. It's not fair that the citizens lives are being controlled by the government.
Quotes & Analysis
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.