Harrison Bergeron And Anthem: A Comparative Analysis

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Collectivism, the practice of giving a group priority over each individual in it. A well know author Kurt Vonnegut is the author of a well-known dystopian piece by the name of “Harrison Bergeron”. This is a story set in the future and civilized with “full equality”. Another well-known story Anthem by Ayn Rand, is also based on a future dystopia. Anthem is based on a collective society, rather than an equal one. Although “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both dystopian pieces, their portrayal of love and marriage prodigiously differs. Firstly, the Marriage in “Harrison Bergeron” is free to anyone in the age limit. In “Harrison Bergeron” couples are able to get married to each other and live as a family. For instance, George the husband of Hazel, tells her to forget the sad things and she says ” I always do”, and he responds with “That's my girl” George is showing that he has a relationship with Hazel. George saying “That's my girl” also represents the love this married couple have. now marriage in Anthem is different, they are not allowed to mate or get married. This is shown when Equality 7-2521 says, “For…show more content…
Like marriage in “ Harrison Bergeron” citizens are able to choose who they love. For instance, Hazel the wife of George, says “ Why don't you stretch out on the sofa, so you can rest your handicap bag in the pillows, honeybunch.” This is when Hazel notices how tired George is and suggests that he lies down. This shows the love and affection that Hazel has for George. In Anthem, the citizens of their society are forced to loved their “brothers” or workers around them, but some people of that establishment choose who they love. Equality 7-2521 for example, when he says “If it shall be death, we shall die with you.” He said this to a girl that he loves, even though it is forbidden. This shows the love Equality has for her. That concludes love and
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