Rights Citizens Have to Rule

Making their own laws/traditions

Thesis Statement

Citizens should be allowed to rule based on the diversity of the community creating laws that help people to be equal without the governments consent and make their own traditions within their group of family and friends.

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, both texts have people do something they don’t particularly want to do but are supposed to because it’s a law/tradition. Harrison and other above average people had to wear handicaps so they aren’t better than average people while in “The Lottery” the villagers’ names are all put in a box and chosen randomly to be murdered by the community.

Quote/Analysis "Harrison Bergeron"

Quote: “It was tragic, all right, but George and Hazel couldn't think about it very hard. Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains” (Vonnegut 1).

Analysis: The handicaps were a bad idea for above average citizens because they are painful to them and they restrict them from diversity in society. The citizens should have freedom of thought because everyone has the right to express their ideas and they are entitled to freedom, so the government should not take that away. Diversity, intelligence, and many other things are missing from society because people are restrained or just average everyone thinks the same and they don’t have the ability to have an open, creative mind.

Quote/Analysis "The Lottery"

Quote: “‘First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There's always been a lottery,’” (Jackson 4).

Analysis: Old Man Warner is saying that the lottery keeps people in place and gives them order. Since there has always been a lottery people had no choice but to participate in it, not even thinking if its right or wrong because it’s tradition. Citizens should be able to get a choice in what traditions and laws they want to have, but they should also erase anything immoral from society that’s happening within those traditions and laws created or already there.

A idea can become a law if it is suggested for legislation. This is related to my thesis because all these things are still in the power of the government. This is a long process to pass a bill and it has to go through different branches. If both of the chambers where the bill is read veto then the bill can not be passed.
This article is showing how if someone really wanted to they can have participation in law making. They have to invest in their idea and work from there. You have to become an expert on your idea to make it the most effective.


Citizens should be able to be in control of creating their own laws that help people to be equal without the governments approval and within their own group of family and friends have their own traditions/laws. The most important thing about the election is finding a president who wants to use war as a last resort. America needs a president that is not just looking to fix the wrongs of other presidents or whoever but to mend at least some of what's broken in society. The thing I'm most scared of the new president whether it be Trump, Sanders, or Hilary, that things will change for the worst. For example, with Donald Trump as president woman probably wouldn't get anywhere with their rights, their rights might even lessen.