Communities Should Have a Voice.
Governing bodies should not overpower communties
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, both texts hold traditions and laws put into force. Harrison was going against the government for not agreeing in laws put into place to make everyone equal. The villagers participated in a tradition of killing one member of the community a year.
In the story Harrison is living in a society where he and many others are considered above average or "too pretty". The government forces him to wear handicaps that makes him suffer. He escapes from being incarcerated to attempt to overthrow the government.
In the story Mrs. Hutchinson's town choses a person every year to be stoned to death. She never expected that it could be her. Her children, friends, and even her husband stoned her to death in the center of town.
Quote and Analysis: “They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face (…)” (Vonnegut 1).
This quote supports my thesis because citizens are being forced to wear handicaps to make everyone else equal. The citizens had no say in these laws being placed, they are forced to wear them and if they don’t they go to jail. They should have a voice in what should happen with equality because it will affect everyone in the community.
Quote and Analysis: : “’Some places have already quit lotteries’” (Jackson 4).
This quote supports my thesis because some of the villages have realized that the lottery is wrong because people are being killed. The village continues this tradition because they believe it is right and it has been done for so long that they think the lottery has to be done. If other villages have realized they have a choice to not do the lottery because it is horribly wrong others should realize it to. This is so horrible because they choose an innocent person to die and b stoned to death by family and friends for new reason.