Citizens have a voice too

Freedom of speech through generations

Thesis Statement

Citizens should have a say on what rules are made in their community that build a greater community and society for the government and citizens.

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, both texts show an act of murder because of the community they live in. Harrison was murdered because he tried to over throw the government. While in “The Lottery” Mrs. Hutchinson was murdered so the whole village could eat.



"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.


The community will be better if citizens have a say on what the rules are made. If the government takes control the citizens will have no say on what happens in their community. Some points that are really important to me is that the president has to be open minded, and listen to what the citizens have to say. I'm most scared that the president will go over board with his power.