Citizens have a voice too
Freedom of speech through generations
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
In the story "Harrison Bergeron", no one in is community can be the same in anyway. He is forced to be like everyone else. Harrison doesn't have a say. At the end Harrison was killed because he did speak up and he attempted to overthrow the government.
"The Lottery" Mrs. Hutchinson was picked so that the whole village can eat. The villagers didn't give her a chance to defend herself, they attacked her right away without letting her speak.
Citizens standing up for their community
In "The Lottery" Mrs. Hutchinson wasn't given a chance to stand up for herself. In the other hand Harrison tried to overthrow the government and was killed. He had to courage to stand up to the government and say something.
"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (Jackson 7).
This quote shows that they didn’t give Mrs. Hutchinson a chance to talk. They ignored her and started throwing rocks at her without letting her finish talking. Mrs. Hutchinson had to pay the ultimate price. She had to die so that the whole village could eat. The only way this tradition would stop from happening if all the citizens would speak up and try to overthrow the government.
"Even as I stand here" he bellowed, "crippled, hobbled, sickened - I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become!" (Vonnegut 4).
This quote from the “Harrison Bergeron” shows that he is standing up. He is saying that he is better than everyone, and doesn’t care what the government says. Harrison had the need to stand up to the government because he was tired of being like everyone else. He wanted to be his own person. The government wanted everyone to be exactly the same in every way.