Comparing Dystopia In Anthem And Harrison Bergeron

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Did you know dystopia comes from the word utopia? The word dystopia comes from adding the Latin prefix “dys” which means bad. Dystopia is the complete opposite of a utopia. In dystopian societies, Dystopia represents a created world or society that lives under the rule of a stern and demanding government. Dystopias usually abuse a certain theme such as collectivism, communism, or individualism, socialism etc. In the stories “Anthem” written by Ayn Rand and “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut the main characters live similar lives. In “Harrison Bergeron” Harrison lives a rough life as he is limited because of how he appears and how smart he is. In Anthem Equality 7-2521 is a very smart and want wants to show the government how great it is to think for yourself. However, Harrison and Equality live lives that are the same and different.
“Harrison Bergeron” is a short story and it is dystopian fiction. In the short story equality is forced. In other words everybody’s good attributes taken away. Harrison is the main character and in the society he is very advanced compared to everybody else he is a genius, athletic, also seven feet tall, and only fourteen years old he is in jail for plans to overthrow the government. The theme of the story is
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Where equality is forced as well. But in this dystopian society equality is represented a little different the government doesn’t want anybody alone or to have their own mind. Equality 7-2521 is the main character in “Anthem”. Equality is smart, six feet tall, and 21 years old. Equality invented something never that would have been invented if I weren’t his own mind. Individualism play a huge role in this story. The author states “Then the wire glowed. Butt terror struck the men of the council” (Rand 7). This affects the society because it shows the mind can do on its own. This proves the theme of individualism because he is thinking alone without anybody’s input or
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