Citizens Taking A Stand

Thesis statment

Citizens should have the opportunity to manage the rules based on what the community would want as a whole that cover the community without intervention of the government if not wanted and enforcing laws that will not cause harm.


In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, both texts show how a community can be negatively affected by the government taking control and citizens not taking a stand. Harrison tried to overthrow the government with his intelligence and that caused his death. In the Lottery Tessie tried to stop the tradition of the village but that caused her to be stoned to death.

Quote and Analysis


“The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles. 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” (Jackson 7).


This quote supports my stance because it shows that sometimes the people don’t like the rules and the way things are done. When they try to stand up and say something they can’t because no one is willing to cooperate. If everyone in the village would have taken a stance and said they wanted to stop the tradition many it would have stops and that would mean that Tessie would not have been stoned to death like she did, it would stop the harm that they are doing to each other.


“It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor.Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on” (Vonnegut 5).


This quote supports my stance because it is showing moments later that Harrison had stood up to the government. He was trying to overthrow them because it was something that he didn’t like all the other people did nothing but do what they were told to do and the way they were told to do it. Maybe if they had all did something the general wouldn’t have had killed him. No one ever tried to stand up and just followed directions without questioning it. If they did stand up they could all be free to be who they truly are and not who they are told to be so that there will be equality.


To sum up, I think that the citizens should stand up to the goverment because if they don't it can harm many. They should be allowed to decide whether or not someone should continued. The things that are most important in the future election are that the actions taken by the future president helps the United states and that the people benefit from the choices that they make. One thing that I am scared of is a drastic change happening and it not benefiting anyone and many people rebelling against it causing them to get hurt.