Citizens Deserve the Right to Rule

Power through citizenship

Thesis Statement

Citizens should have the ability to make more of the decisions in their community to prevent the threat of death enforced by the government, and are negatively affected by the rules and regulations set forth.

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

In "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery", both texts illustrate the government overpowering the people. Harrison attempted to rebel against the government. Likewise, in “The Lottery” Mrs. Hutchinson tried expressing that the tradition that has taken place for so many years, is unfair. However, both cases resulted in the death of those rebelling.

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.


Citizens should have the right to rule because they would be able to make regulations that apply to the majority of the community's necessities, due to the diversity. Unlike the government, in which most restrictions either benefit, or don't apply to them. Looking towards the coming election, my main concern is that the next president elected will not ensure equality, rights, or progress.