Compare And Contrast Metamorphoses And Harrison Bergeron

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Ovid’s Metamorphosis vs Harrison Bergeron All our life we have been taught to follow the rules, but what happens when we don’t? Two examples of this are the Icarus tales, the original source, “Metamorphoses” by Ovid and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. They both tell the story of a son who pushes gets too greedy and overcome with emotion and in the long run that ends up killing him. By comparing the two stories, You can see how the plot, character, and message change from story to story but also the similarities and create new meanings. I do feel that it is an Icarus re-telling because of all very similar characters and messages. Icarus himself was represented by Harrison Bergeron and he was “child” or teenager if you want to say that who was imprisoned by the government and wants to escape and feel free again. Another similar character there is in Metamorphoses and Harrison Bergeron is the father. In Ovid’s Metamorphoses he is imprisoned with his father and his…show more content…
In the story of Harrison Bergeron the ballet was the sun that Icarus flew too close to in the other story. The similarities are that they both could've helped others, but chose to be greedy and do what they wanted to do. In Ovid’s Metamorphoses he chose to go higher with the wings he had used to escape prison and instead of going somewhere to help others, he flies higher and higher even though he was warned not to or the wax will melt and sure enough that’s exactly what happened. The wings melted and he fell to death. The way this happened in Harrison Bergeron was that he instead of warning people of what the government's plans were he went to the ballet and gave a speech and just like the sun he was killed because of the government for saying
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