Citizens Right to Intervene

Jada McGaughy


Citizens should be allowed to intervene on the making and regulation of the laws and how they’re passed down to the majority who are without a voice.


In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery” both texts have societies with government rulings where unnecessary events have occurred. Harrison went against the strict government and was shot and killed because of things he was born with such as intelligence and stellar looks while in “The Lottery” they’re stuck in decades of tradition that leaves a member of the society stoned to death.


Qutoes & Analysis

"Harrison Bergeron"

"The rest of Harrison's appearance was Halloween and hardware. Nobody had ever born heavier handicaps. He had outgrown handicaps 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. The spectacles were intended to make him not only half blind, but to give him whanging headaches besides." (Vonnegut 4)

Harrison was given handicaps & downers for things he couldn't control he felt as though this was fair for him or anybody else. This left Harrison feeling troubled, so it lead him to rebel against the government. Harrison didn't have control over much of anything in his life. So, with rebelling he felt like he was in control.

"The Lottery"

"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"(Jackson 7).

Tessie Hutchinson was killed in a traditional society, were there was rules she had no control over. Tessie's fate would have been different if she and others had a say in how things were handled.


In the story, just like today's society with the input of citizens especially the minority can prevent a lot unnecessary events, both as and upcoming. Tessie and Harrison both endured senseless and preventable deaths.

In the upcoming election I'm most afraid of putting our fate as a country in the wrong hands.