Harrison Bergeron And Anthem Compare And Contrast

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Equality for all
“No two leaves are alike, and yet there is no antagonism between them or between the branches which they will grow”(Mahatma Gandhi) The book Anthem by Ayn Rand and Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut are both dystopian pieces which display equality in different ways. Although Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both pieces of dystopian literature their portrayal of family differs greatly.
In Harrison Burgeron, people have a families and marriage. Harrison Bergeron differs from Anthem because they have more freedom when dealing with family. “And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year old son” (pg.1) This is showing their society has family which they care deeply about because George and Hazel felt upset when their son got taken away. This also shows how Harrison is different because whereas Anthem does not have feelings for their family compared to Harrison Bergeron.
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In Anthem family is not valued greatly. “ Children are born each winter, but women never see their children and children never know their parents. Twice we have been sent to the palace of mating, but it is an ugly and shameful matter, of which we do not like to think”(pg.41). This shows family is not valued because they don’t have families to begin with, therefore they have nothing to value. Everyone in their society is unaware of where they came from or who they are related to unlike Harrison Bergeron.
Another major reason Harrison Bergeron and Anthem differ is the way the view and show

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