In “Harrison Bergeron”, each person was not truly equal. For example, the ballerinas in the story were prettier than the maximum people, so they were required to wear masks. Hazel, the mother of Harrison, believed that the ballerinas were beautiful since her mask was extremely ugly. Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicap General, forces them to be like the public and will punish anyone who says different. Consequently a few people enjoy being the same, it is not easy, and following the Handicap General’s rules is challenging.
The evidence is showing that the more honorable characters never lie as much as Decius. An example of this is how Brutus is completely honest with his reasoning for killing Caesar. It is very unhonorable to lie and say that the nightmares mean nothing at all, when one does not even know that for a fact and when one knows that someone is going to be killed. According to the play, Calpurnia’s dreams of Caesar getting killed were foreshadowing his death, yet Decius was unhonorable and claims that the dreams mean nothing at all. Another piece of evidence is how Decius told Caesar to still go to the
Every person is unique and have their own opinions on certain topics. In the novel, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, she talks of the struggles of an egotistical individual with greater curiosity than his society allows. This man, Equality 7-2521, creates the invention of electricity, and instead of being applauded, he is condemned. He struggles through the various rules and laws of his society, for he is completely different from all of his brothers. In an excerpt called “The Soul of an Individualist”, Rand elaborates on the idea of an individualist, and allows the reader to get a better view at how passionate she is about one’s self.
The story is about two boys that want to be named Earnest, so because of that they have a double life and they will need to handle the problems. Oscar Wilde want to make a caricature on high society by egaterating on Love, Manners and Death. Oscar Wilde makes a caricature of a high society by portraying love by having no emotion . He makes a caricature because Jack loves Gwendolen but she would only marry him if his name is Ernest. Cecily also loves Algernon because his name is Ernest.
Because they have been desensitized to human suffering, the citizens of the World State find it funny—even entertaining. "Charming! But in civilized countries," said the Controller, "you can have girls without hoeing for them, and there aren 't any flies or mosquitoes to sting you. We got rid of them all centuries ago." John makes another point when we suffer not only for the sake of suffering, but also for the rewards that come after.
This is first shown when Hazel states she believes she would make a good Handicapper General, George responds to her by saying she’d be “Good as anybody else,” due to the fact that nobody can be better than anybody at anything. This is especially prejudicial against politicians because they will not be able to have progressive ideas. If everyone who runs for office must wear handicaps that forces them to be the same as everybody else in the nation it forces a state of stagnation of ideas for the country. Another example of the culmination of positive change is presented during a conversation between Hazel and George. George compares competition to the dark ages by saying “If I tried to get away with it, then other people'd get away with it—and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages again, with everybody competing against everybody else.
“Harrison Bergeron” conveys the idea that the only way to reach equality is through the eradication of competition. However, the true underlying message in this short story is that comparison is the root of inequality. In an exchange between Hazel and her husband, George refers to the period before the ratification of the 211th-213th Amendments as “the dark ages” and traces the dark days back to the rivalry that tore people apart. This indicates that their society does not allow anyone to be better than another for the sole purpose of making sure no one feels lesser than someone else: equality. For example, Hazel describes a dance she and George are watching as “really pretty,” however, George disagrees and thinks to himself, “They weren’t
Harrison attempting to claim his equality “tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper” (Vonnegut 4). In a revolt against the society he took one of the ballerinas as his empress and “ plucked the metal handicap from her ear, snapped off her physical handicaps with marvelous delicacy. Last of all he removed her mask” (4). Harrison’s attempt to make unequal things equal lead to death to him and the ballerina. Aristotle's Philosophy that “ The worst form inequality is to try to make unequal things equal” reflects the central idea that one shouldn’t be willing to give up their rights for the sake of total equality because it could lead to a greater inequality.
Emma Goldman has the ability to realize how women are treated in the unfair society and question the people and the society, which is something that none of the other female characters are able to do. Goldman not only holds speeches about her thoughts, but also points out the sadness of Evelyn Nesbit by saying that "because like all whores you value propriety. You are creature of capitalism, the ethics of which are so totally corrupt and hypocritical that your beauty is no more than the beauty of gold, which is to say false and cold and useless" (Doctorow, 74). Even though Goldman criticizes Evelyn by claiming that "you accepted the conditions in which you found yourself and you triumphed. But what kind of victory has it been?"
The women are treated as if their welfare is unimportant because women are thought of as a mere decoration to the society and are considered useless enough to not pay any attention to. Another evidence, according to Hosseini (2007), “ “...You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this, This is why we require only one male witness but two female ones” ” (p.390). This proves how
World Full of Racists and Sexists Imagine yourself living in a world where you are told your skin color is not beautiful simply because you are not a certain color that society condones “attractive.” Imagine living in a world, where you are seen as a sexual object that cannot be more intelligent than the men and put down constantly for having a different gender. Look no further; this is reality for almost all females out there in the world whose skin color is not white. Full of people labeling people based on appearance and not on the personality of a person. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Crooks and Curley’s wife are victims of such labels and assumptions. Racism and sexism are the forefront of misjudgment.