It was that the learning was too easy. This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick. It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them. The Teachers told us so, and they frowned when they looked upon us"(Rand, 21). This transgression exist because if there was superiority in this society the old ways the Councils and the elders strayed away from would try to overpower again.
In “Harrison Bergeron”, the characters are fearful and oppressed by the conditions of their lives. George Bergeron is smarter than average, therefore he has to wear a radio in his ear to scatter his thoughts once they became too in depth or too different (Par 3). The intense noises can get so severe that they leave George in a trembling mess without any remembrance of what he was thinking about before (Par 21). Everyone’s talents are oppressed by their handicaps. For instance, the ballerinas on the TV are weighed down with “sashweights and bags of birdshot” so they would be just as talented as the rest, or not pleasant at all (Par 10).
“Government 's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives”. The short story Harrison Bergeron is written by Kurt Vonnegut. It is the year 2081; because of the new Amendments to the constitution everyone is now equal. One day, Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his parents’ home, George and Hazel. They are both unaware of what is happening because George is required to wear a radio in his ear that makes it so he cannot comprehend what is happening around him, the reason he must wear this is because he is smart.
For every handicap that Harrison proceeded to remove after the quote, it showed that he no longer wanted to be shackled down by the government just for being intelligent, athletic, and strikingly handsome. It was shown that, for the while that Harrison and his Empress lived without handicaps before being killed, they seemed much happier without them. For example, “And then, in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang! Not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion were as well. They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.
Megan B. Wyatt explains that due our actions of today, our society will slowly become a dystopia, with equality throughout yet no forms of differentiation. Our world is falling into despair and similarity, and many too people are trying to become the same as someone else due to fear of being different. Our society has preset norms that others perform in order to stay under radar and not be seen as an outcast. As a result, we have lack of new ideas and plain old copies of others. An example of this is smartphone companies, in the way that their new products have similar and even exact identical properties as
For example, they both have one person that sticks out and is different from the others. Although it is risky to step aside from society it is for the better. They both changed the future and put everything back to how it was before the corruption. “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (Rand 19).
The next major example of Curley 's dream of being important is shown when he fought Lennie. Curley did everything in his power to seem important but got knocked down several pegs when Lennie broke Curley 's hand with little to no effort Though all of these examples of text in the novella Of Mice and Men we can tell that Steinbeck was passionate about displaying the american dream in as many ways as possible. Whether it be a dream to have a happy life or just a dream to pet bunnies each dream was shown in their own
The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match. Besides the grandmother has already called Red Sammy a good man, and by now it is already apparent that its feigned. She is only trying to convince the misfit that he is a good man because she wants to be freed, and her life is in shambles. Also, the grandmother has already gone back on her word multiple of times, calling the misfit a big, bad, and scary man. Now all of the sudden he is a good man.
What if technology was being used and abused but you never knew about it? In the book “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, technology is being abused without anyone knowing except for one person (Harrison Bergeron). “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal” (Vonnegut 133). The people are not just equal before the law, but they are equal in every way. The agents of the United States Handicapper General put handicappers (technological devices) to take away the people’s differences.
Lois asked herself how would it be like to live in a world where everything is perfect and painful memories were erased. This was the motive of her inspiration in writing “The Giver”. “The Giver” is a book set in a society where everything seems to be utopian, but then as it progresses it reveals that there is more secrets that makes it dystopian. The Giver is the previous receiver, now he transmits all the memories to Jonas, the new receiver. Is the society in “The Giver”
It says “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law.They were equal every which way. Nobody was stronger, quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.” This shows us that They don 't want anyone to be the same because they think it will make more problems. Another section from the story is “why don’t you stretch out on the sofa, so’s you can rest your handicap bag on pillows, honeybunch.
He states that the constitution is “a living document and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.” (Obama, 90) Humans beings wrote the constitution and human beings interpret the constitution. The Founding Fathers had many different perspectives on how a government should be such as the “intentions of Jefferson were never those of Hamilton, and those of Hamilton differed greatly from those of Adams.” (Obama,91) The same dilemma is current to this day as republicans and democrat don’t share the same intentions. Proof of this is found in the use of filibuster and it’s use by both parties. “When the Democrats lost their Senate majority in 2002, they had only one arrow left in their quiver…filibuster.” (Obama, 80) Depending on perspective filibuster can seen as both good and bad. It can halt progress, or it can stop a defective bill from passing.
“Every daring attempt to make great change in existing conditions, every loftly vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian” In order to have a perfect society, changes for the greater good need to be made. Unfortunately, instead of a Utopian society, it becomes a dystopian society. The reason that Utopian societies are bad is because everyone has to be equal for no one is better, there is no outside communication with other societies, and the whole family is penalized for breaking rules against the government. In “Harrison Bergeron”, all citizens had to be equal. Everyone was required to wear handicaps except for those who didn’t think much as others.