These stories explain thoroughly how the idea of equality is naturally impossible and how corruption will always exist. Nevertheless, when compared to "Harrison Bergeron", Anthem does a better job of controlling their society and expresses less government corruption, however both stories are not necessarily moral. In comparison to “Harrison Bergeron”, Anthem has more control over their society because of their severe punishments. In the beginning of Anthem, the main character Equality-7251 gives the readers background information of what type of environment he grew up in. Equality discusses how he was more advanced than others in school and through which he says, “we were lashed more often than all the other children”(22).
Economic Freedom is a undemocratic feature of Colonial America. Economic Freedom means that they do not have many powers in their democracy. They had legally restrictions “Doc 4 The lady’s law”. A work in progress would be Equality. Equality means that all people have the same
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.
This can be seen when Equality says, "and each of the men have one of the women assigned to them by the Council of Eugenics," (Rand 41). This proves that the government wanted something a certain way, made a law, and everyone accepted it as a way of life. Because the citizens in the book are puppets to the government, they live in a dystopian society. Anthem is a dystopia because of setting, characterization, and government control. Dystopias are set in a distant time as a warning, have miserable characters, and an overload of government control.
This is a short, but powerful excerpt from the short story “Harrison Bergeron”. Not only does it make you wonder why everyone is equal, but makes you wonder how in the world did everyone become equal? The short film, 2081 is based off of its short story “Harrison Bergeron”, yet their stories are quite different from each other. In the short story and the short film, Kurt Vonnegut presents a scary view of human society in the United States in the future, in which the citizens are all uniform. This then leads to their loss of individuality, and therefore to the absolute deformity of humanness.
The people in “Harrison Bergeron” that are smart, good looking, strong, etc are categorized as dangerous. It isn't right to judge someone because of their knowledge and looks because they were born with it. In “Harrison Bergeron”, the news reporter says, “He is a genius and an athlete, is under handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.” In today's society, handicapped means something totally different. People that are handicapped in this day, are considered disabled. On page 31 in Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag and Captain Beatty, who are firemen, say, “‘What happened to him?’ ‘They took him screaming off to the asylum.’ ‘He wasn't insane’...’Any man’s insane who thinks he can fool the government and us.’” They automatically assume that the person is insane because they were harboring books and hiding them from the government.
Is a perfect society possible, or is it just the seed of a corrupt governments rise to total control, masquerading the truth from its community. In The Giver, by Lois Lowry, the protagonist named Jonas just happens to be one of the government’s pawns at the time. Throughout the book, Jonas learns that the ‘perfect’ society he’s been living in his life isn’t a utopia after all. It actually turns out to be a dystopian society, where there is no freedom to do the things that people take for granted in modern society. The dystopian society written about in The Giver has many distinct differences and some similarities whilst being held up to the light with modern society today.
However, masking your true identity/ handicapping your capabilities, is a form of inequality within itself; as the key to fair treatment is acceptance of yourself as well as others’ around you. Connecting to the short story Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. a quote in which the future is being described greatly connects to the central theme of fairness, “They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.’ This specific quote connects immensely to the overall theme, as those with differences are subjected to fit in with others by inequitable treatment towards the group.
What kind of life would it be if we were all the same? The short story, “Harrison Bergeron”, written in 1961 by the author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a declaration for everyone to be equal. In the year 2081 Constitutional Amendments were made to have everyone equal. People are made equal by devices which bring them down to normality in the short story, it is to enforce the equality laws and to bring everyone down to below-average in strength, intelligence, and ability. Harrison who broke his handicaps on television and for a brief time shows the world the beauty of human beings, he then rebels against the dystopian world and is killed before he has finished his dance.
In the story “Harrison Bergeron”, Harrison is a threat to society and the government. In the year 2081, the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the constitution kept everyone equal. The government handicapped all citizens to keep everyone as equal as possible. Harrison is a threat to this society because of the actions he has had. One reason Harrison is a threat to society is because he breaks out of prison.
Americans of different races, of different cities, of different environments came together during this sad time to support each other, and find a happy place. “America is an improbable idea. A mongrel nation built of ever-changing disparate parts, it is held together by a notion, the notion that all men are created equal, though everyone knows that most men consider themselves better than someone” (Quindlen 3). Quindlen shows how mankind thinks they are better than everyone else, even though it is stated in the constitution that all men are created equal. “When photographs of the faces of all those who had died in the World Trade Center destruction are assembled in one place, it will be possible to trace the skin color, the shape of the eyes and noses, the texture of the hair, a map of the world.
Denying Their Identity Should lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, all, be killed to make American the purest place on earth? Even though the rate of LGBT acceptance is on the rise around the world, American politicians - Republicans mostly – continue to vilify that portion of the American population that is even consider one of the biggest minorities voting blocs. Most inhuman, the belittlement of LGBT people come with a deprivation of their basics human rights. Such an attitude infringes the Universal Declaration of Human Right which states in its first article that “All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights” and that “They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. LGBT citizens created equal, discriminating against them is a violation of their civil rights and should be considered a crime.