Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th and 213th amendments of the constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. (1) “Unceasing vigilance of agents” is a satire on government for transgressing its control over the citizens. It turns out to be a society in which the government curbs the individuality of citizens under the façade of ensuring equality. Stanley Schatt states: In any leveling process, what really is lost, according to Vonnegut, is beauty, grace, and wisdom.
A perfect or dystopian society would have everything we wish. We could live without racism and have a nation where everyone is equally treated no matter what their racial orientation is. Since some problems we encounter today are caused by the government. Most sepcifically our president. Some people agree with him and others do not which causes a stir-up between citizens.
Comparing and contrasting 2081 to Harrison Bergeron Admit it, one time you were bored or sat down with nothing to do and couldn’t help but imagine how life would be if everyone was equal, don’t even try denying it, you’ve thought of that at least once in your life, but as any good writer would do, they’d write their thoughts down and turn it into a story, that’s exactly what Kurt Vonnegut did. Just imagine living a life where no one gets compared to others in any way. We all wish for a society like that, but Kurt showed us how equality can negatively affect our society. But that’s not the our main idea in this essay, our main idea is to highlight the comparisons and contrasts between the story “Harrison Bergeron” and the movie version “2081”. To begin with, Both the story and the movie had the same introduction/ Opening; “Everybody was finally equal.
Imagine a world without war, where everything gets along. Now, take a moment to manifest a complete opposite world where nothing is perfect and problems plague the world. In speculative fiction, these worlds are called utopia and dystopia respectively. Utopia attains characteristics of peaceful governance, equality for citizens, a safe environment and education, healthcare and employment. In contrast, dystopia’s characteristics such as a controlling, oppressing government, anarchy or no government, extreme poverty and banning of independent thought.
God’s role is evident in the lack of religion amongst the upper class, its effect on morality, and the symbolism of God. In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” there is an absence of God by the way the government keeps people’s strengths restrained in order to have no one better than another at anything. "The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal," the story begins. "They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal in every which way."
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.
“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any Choices!” page 92 In the novel The Giver written by Lois Lowry is about how the Protagonist Jonas believes he is living in a “perfect society”,but shortly after Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory he realizes that the “perfect world” that he was living in wasn’t perfect at all. Later on Jonas sets off to escape and find a new world to live in and find hope instead of staying in the society he lives in. Although the society in The Giver is, in some ways, similar to modern Society, the difference in, feelings, choices, and individuality between the societies makes The Giver’s society a true dystopia. To begin, the way each society celebrates birthdays reveals their attitudes towards individuality. For instance, when the societies each celebrate birthdays is different.
Not all people have the same talents or weaknesses, therefore, true equality is near impossible without limiting other people 's freedoms. In the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, they have created a society with total equality, and total unhappiness . They use the characters in this book to demonstrate why certain rules exist, as well as to prove why said rules shouldn’t exist. This book portrays that the rules of the society exist because the government believes they will help create complete equality among the society 's citizens. The main character, whose name happens to be Equality, realizes near the end of the Anthem that utopia is unachievable, especially by way of equality.
We as Americans have become so tolerant and have failed to discipline our children, to teach them right from wrong that we have created a generation of people who take no responsibility for their actions and expect no consequences for their behavior. The death penalty takes action towards unimaginable crimes and that is why it should be acceptable in
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
The story “Harrison Bergeron” conveys the conflicts between the needs and ideals of society and the realities of individuals by showing that individuals feel ruled out of society. Of course, this creates an “idealistic” society by countering out individuals. This is shown by “they were equal every which way” ( Vonnegut 101). This shows that nobody had any individuality. Therfore creating the conflict in this”utopia”.
If everyone was made equal how is it fair to others? In the story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurk Vonnegut Jr, The year is 2018, people are completely equal, and they are the same in every way possible. There are people in the society being handicapped to be made the same as the other people in the society. The people who aren’t handicapped are the people who have “perfect” intelligence, strength, and beauty, which means that they aren’t that big of a threat. The superiors(intellectual people) are a bigger threat to the society, the so called “perfect” citizens are not a threat because they can’t process their own thoughts very well.