Govenment is too in Control

Citizens deserve a say

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be able to control their own country by demonstrating that the law shouldn’t be forced by the government and they should be able to make their own decisions.

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson exhibit the force of the government

  • In "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery", both texts shows that the government controls the towns. Harrison and the rest of the U.S. are forced to wear handicaps while in “The Lottery” they pick one name for a person to be murdered.

Character Profile

Quote and Analysis: "Harrison Bergeron"

Quote: "’Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen,’ she said in a grackle squawk, ‘has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous’" (Vonnegut 3).

Analysis: This quote support my thesis because it shows by them forcing the government laws on people it made them rebel. Harrison was thrown in jail because he had a plan to overthrow the government, in the end he was killed because he didn’t agree with the government.

Quote and Analysis: "The Lottery"

Quote: “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).

Analysis: This quote support my thesis because it shows that Mrs. Hutchinson was stoned to death for no reason. She was chosen because of some tradition that the village does. She was chosen so she had no choice, whether or not she wanted to be murdered.


If the citizens had a chance to control their own government, then the people who died would still be alive. Also, in the story Harrison Bergeron, he wouldn't have had a reason to rebel against the government.