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In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, both texts include corrupt leaders and citizens that don’t have enough power to overthrow them.
Harrison rebelled against the government because they tried to control his intelligence and physical appearance but was ultimately killed. In “The Lottery”, some citizens of the village reconsidered holding the lottery because it was brutal but not enough people opposed it ending up in the death of Mrs. Hutchinson.
Quotes and Analysis
This quote supports my stance because it shows that not all citizens agree with this tradition. A lot of people would have the same reaction if their family had been picked.
“He began to think glimmeringly about his abnormal son who was now in jail, about Harrison, but a twenty-one-gun salute in his head stopped that. ‘Boy!’ said Hazel, ‘that was a doozy, wasn't it? It was such a doozy that George was white and trembling, and tears stood on the rims of his red eyes. Two of the eight ballerinas had collapsed to the studio floor, were holding their temples” (Vonnegut 2).
This quote supports my analysis because it shows that the government mistreats its citizens. The citizens could change the way they live but lack the free will to do so.
Harrison Bergeron was imprisoned because he was plotting to overthrow the government. The reason why he rebelled was because he was fed up with being controlled and not being able to live the way he wanted to. Not being able to reach his full potential. He tried to show the world what it would be like if people weren't constrained to their handicaps. Unfortunately he was killed trying to do this and the world went on as usual because the people didn't have enough strength to do anything.
During the drawing of families in "The Lottery" the Hutchinsons were chosen. Mrs. Hutchinson claimed it wasn't far as she was afraid of the lottery because of its cruelty. She went up to draw pieces of paper from the black box with others. As more people saw their pieces of paper blank her fears escalated. When hers revealed the black marking she was surrounded by her neighbors and stoned to death. She believed that the lottery was wrong but couldn't do anything to change the opinion of her fellow villagers.
Power To The People
The community should decide what is best for them and what is most important to them. Having a local government helps the community grow and gives the people in it a chance to express their ideas and be creative.
In the upcoming election, taking care of America and keeping it safe and making good decisions is what's important to me. What I'm afraid of is that somebody will put the country in danger.