The Community Comes Together

Citizens work together to make better change

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be able to decide what laws are best for them and the community based on what they can relate to the most without the government’s interruption.

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

“People began to look around to see the Hutchinsons. Bill Hutchinson was standing quiet, staring down at the paper in his hand. Suddenly. Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers. ‘You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!’ ‘Be a good sport, Tessie.’ Mrs. Delacroix called, and Mrs. Graves said, ‘All of us took the same chance’” (Jackson 5).

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.


The community should be able to make its own decisions on what laws it follows, what things need to be changed, and what needs to be talked about. A community works better together and can fix problems that affect it.

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.