Harrison Bergeron And The Possibility Of Evil Essay

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In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Possibility of Evil” a common theme is eliminating the evils of the world. In “Harrison Bergeron” society makes everyone handicapped to eliminate evils of the world that comes from being better than one another. “The Possibility of Evil”, demonstrates Miss Strangeworth’s feelings about the evils of the world. She feels as if it is her duty to fix the evils of the world. As it states in the story, “but as long as evil existed unchecked in the world, it was Miss Strangeworth's duty to keep her town alert to it.” They are similar because of this ideal of fixing the world's problems and making them obsolete. They also fail. In both selections the attempt at repairing the corrupt world does not work. In “Harrison Bergeron” there are still some people, i.e. Harrison Bergeron, that slip through the cracks in the…show more content…
In “Harrison Bergeron”, leaders of the government wanted everyone to be the same to not judge each other. If this were the case there would be less conflict coming from judgmental people. In “The Possibility of Evil”, Miss Strangeworth wants everyone the same to her standard and judges people on the basis of this standard. If people of her town failed to live up to her standard, she would let them know anonymously. Both stories really focus on judgement and how people react to each other. They also differ a little on how they define judgment and react to it. In “The Possibility of Evil”, Miss Strangeworth makes herself out to be above judgment. She sets the standard and then makes herself appear above others. She can easily live up to her own standard, but the people of the town can not. Overall, judgment is shown as a non issue. In “Harrison Bergeron”, however, as it states in the first line of the story, The society removes judgments so they are all the same and equal. In this story as opposed to the other, society views judgments as a
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