Harrison Bergeron And The Great Gatsby Analysis

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A famous businessman Mark Hopkins once said "Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible." Mark Hopkins suggests that without God and set goals, morals are not possible and cannot be achieved without a religious background. Therefore, both works lack God and morality, leaving the people involved to have no purpose in life. Throughout the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, unlawful and unjustly actions are taken by the corrupt government. People such as Harrison and George are being abused by the government in the name of equality. They cannot do what they want and express themselves, they must abide to the strict governmental laws. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby,…show more content…
and the novel "The Great Gatsby" by Scott Fitzgerald, the lack of God leads to the lack of morality and actions amongst the characters in each respective…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” a lack of God is evident to the audience. In both works, the lack of God proved troublesome to many characters. In upper class characters, including Jay Gatsby, and Tom and Daisy Buchanan, there is no mention of religious affiliation. They are self-absorbed, excessive drinkers, and lie in order to achieve what they want. “In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the God is one who does not interfere with what people are doing on Earth. He does care about them, even if they have done wrong, doesn’t try to change them, or their morals. He is described as a “watcher” (Fitzgerald 167). God watches people cause their own destruction, but doesn’t do anything about it. 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." (Vonnegut). Both of these works prove to contain a substantial absence of God in the characters’ ways of

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