The government handicaps the citizens who are above average in intelligence, beauty, strength, and speed. This equality is due to their “211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General” (Vonnegut). With these amendments, everyone is literally equal. No one is more beautiful or smarter than everyone else and also no one is faster or stronger than anyone else. The way they handicap these citizens is where the injustice is rooted.
Equality “Americans are so enamored [by the thought] of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” (Alexis de Tocqueville) In the short story “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut uses satire to explore the theme of equality in a futuristic dystopian society which prompts the reader in many ways of the society, in which we live today. In this dystopia, Harrison, a genius and an athlete, is forced to wear handicaps to bring him down to a level of equality with others around him in an effort to discard feelings of inferiority in their society. Although equality may appear to be a necessary component in a modern, progressive society, forced equality could have a negative impact on the society itself by eliminating competition, diversity, and motivation. Being equal would negatively impact our society because it would eliminate competition. In “Harrison Bergeron” everyone was forced to be equal by wearing handicaps.
It is impossible for an equal society. In “Harrison Bergeron” the government makes an attempt for everyone to be equal and the same in every way. This plan to make everyone equal ends up making everyone miserable. You can’t be better than anyone in any way and you are the same as everyone else. The idea of a equal society is very uncivil.
Equality strips society of its freedom and individuality. The undercover superheroes in "The Incredibles" and the handicapped citizens in "Harrison Bergeron" are individuals that confront this exact issue. Both stories incorporate a strict, elaborate system of equality that when disrupted, impose consequences that the characters must suffer. Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, and The Incredibles, directed by Brad Bird, both address the implications and futility of total equality. The texts use a satirical approach of exaggeration and reversal to convey this message.
Her battle against communism affected her as an author and inspired her writing in Anthem. In Anthem, citizens are constantly presented the idea that preaches collectivism and extreme loyalty to the state. The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, has grown up in this restrictive civilization and believed all he was told. Equality is exceptional in many aspects that are prohibited, and he has a tendency to disobey the society’s laws. Equality slowly embraces freedom as he discovers his own ego.
As he ventures beyond the boundaries of the incessant precepts implemented by his society, the elements that allow Equality to triumph over its standards are the development of his individual spirit and mind, which guide him toward the ideals of truth. The collectivist government, which was fabricated after the collapse of the “Unmentionable Times,” has taken various precautions to secure equality (Anthem 19). Labels are branded on the citizens through “iron bracelets,” transforming them into mere machines who are enslaved to serve their purpose in benefitting the wholesomeness of the brotherhood (Anthem 18). Generations are churned out via the “City Palace of Mating” and thrown into sets of
Since George had so many handicaps and Hazel had none, the two were constantly jealous of each other. This jealousy created unhappiness to an extent that defeated the original purpose of attempting total equality, to make everyone happy. As well, the fact that certain people have to deal with the pain caused by the handicaps creates another type of inequality, where they live a much more strenuous life in order to be considered ‘equal.’ The society that has been designed to be completely and totally equal in “Harrison Bergeron,” proves that it is impossible for every single person to be equal in every possible
Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else,” (Vonnegut). Both of these stories describe the way of life the future could be like if the government is granted too much power. It shows us that we should keep limits on what the government should be able to do; find a happy medium between what is guiding people to have moral actions, and what is controlling people, such as a dictatorship.
“The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.” Not by equal in freedom and religon, but equal by nobody was smarter than anyone else. No one was better looking than anybody else. Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. teaches us that equality is everyone with the rights of freedom, not by person because God made everyone different according to Hazel and society will fall apart from “equality”. While some may argue that the theme of Harrison Bergeron is Harrison Bergeron is standing against the equality. So equality is not everyone being exactly the same, but by being equal in their individual freedom.
They were always going to be outvoted because of each estate only got one vote. The commoners fought back for their right to a fair vote. They wanted equal representation and equal votes. The Third Estate reason for this was because they thought that the ones that worked and paid taxes were the nation. The voting should be done individually by the delegates.
Bernie Sanders believes that immigrants play a central role in the American economy and in American citizens’ everyday lives. However, he feels that undocumented workers are abused by some politicians for political gain and put in the dark. The only way to end this disgraceful situation and fix the enormous problem we face as a country, in Sanders opinion, is to end the division and become united. The Fair and Humane Immigration Policy will unite all peoples living in America, legal and illegal, consequently, binding the division in our country.
Alexis de Tocqueville speaks of the spirit of the law affecting change and development. De Tocqueville describes the law man to be constantly evolving to adhere to societal needs and expectations of justice and equality. On the spectrum of those opposed to same sex marriage, the major argumentative stance is to declare same sex marriage unconstitutional in that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. De Tocqueville sheds some foresight on the changes of the collective society in influences on law making. Law
In both dystopian novels they prove their points on how their society is different in relationship but the same in the concept of equality. Both are different by relationship but the same in equality and each society discovers the way of individualism. In our future everyone should believe individualism will be applied to our daily lives and the government will remove
“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.