Rights Citizens Have to Rule
Making their own laws/traditions
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
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.
George Bergeron lives in a place where the government makes above average people wear handicaps. He had to wear many handicaps because he was above average in many different ways. He wore a transmitter to prohibit him from thinking deeply because he was too intelligent and weights around his neck to impede his physical strength. His son Harrison was taken from him and his wife Hazel because he was the most advanced human yet.
Tessie Hutchinson lives in a village where a thing called "the lottery" takes place. It is where people are randomly chosen and stoned to death. She never thought she would get picked for the lottery and on the day of the lottery she completely forgot about it and came late. Later that day she was randomly picked to be killed for the lottery. She kept saying it wasn't fair. She was the only villager to protest.
Laws Without Government Consent
If Tessie and George could, they would create laws/traditions that can make everyone equal. Neither of them chose to have the lottery or handicaps, that was the governments pick.