Citizens Deserve the Right to Rule
Power through citizenship
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Quote/ Analysis "Harrison Bergeron"
“And to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with black caps at snaggle- tooth random” (Vonnegut 3).
This quote supports the stance because it illustrates how the government can affect the community in a negative way. For example, Harrison was killed for rebelling against the government because he disapproved of the laws. Individuals do not often have their needs catered to by the government. Furthermore, the government often throws others thoughts or feelings out of the window, when making drastic changes or decisions. In the story, the government should have included the community in their decision in making new laws.
Quote/ Analysis "The Lottery"
"’It isn't fair, it isn't right,’ Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (Jackson 7).
This quote supports the thesis because it exemplifies the fact that the government does not make decisions that are necessarily fair. Since, the government makes all of the choices for the community, citizens have no other choice but to follow their regulations. In the story, the citizens were made to feel as if they did not have a choice to choose if they wanted to continue with the tradition of the lottery.
Harrison is the son of George and Hazel in "Harrison Bergeron". In 2081, no one was better than anyone else because of the new amendments that made everyone equal in the eyes of society. In "The Lottery", Harrison was restricted with the worse handicaps because he was viewed as the perfect human.
Mrs. Hutchinson is the wife of Bill, and a mother of two in "The Lottery". Since, Mrs. Hutchinson was side tracked by cleaning, she jokingly arrived to the lottery late. Once, she was chosen to be sacrificed her mood quickly changed. Upset and rebellious, Mrs. Hutchinson protested against the lottery, only to realize it was too late.
The people that are the most affected by the rules and regulations set forth by the government. However, citizens have the opportunity to fight against unfair issues occurring in the community in order to thrive as one, because they are the majority.