Smore Final Draft

"The Lottery" and "Harrison Bergeron"


Citizens should be allowed to make their own decisions no matter what the government says or the tradition of the community.


: In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, both stories show how tradition and government rule the people and how ridiculous the rule over the people is. After reading the two stories it shows how the government has control over everything in our life. And how tradition sometimes isn’t the smartest thing to follow. Like in “Harrison Bergeron” when the government takes control nothing good happens. Also in “The Lottery” with tradition, it doesn’t make sense so why do it.

Quote and Analysis

Quote: “They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution[DC1] ” (Vonnegut 1).

Analysis: Everyone was equal because the government has made laws for all to be the same[DC2] . Having everyone the exact same would leave no reason for hard work.

Quote: "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed” (Jackson 7[DC1] ).

Analysis: the tradition of this town is to kill or stone the “winner” of the lottery[DC2] . This shows how unfair traditions could be.

[DC1]Period after parenthesis.

[DC2]How or why does this support what you want to change with the citizens?


I believe the people should have more power, and if the people had more power then we wouldn't be chained by all these traditions or the government. what I look for in a candidate is a man of integrity and isn't afraid to say what needs to be said.