Harrison Bergeron Dystopian

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“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another” -Buddha
The two dystopian stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand, are expressed to promote that everyone being exactly the same isn’t good for our society. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both dystopian pieces, their portrayal of family and love differs greatly. The novella “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut represents somewhat, of a healthy family. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison 's parents, George and Hazel still live together as a family with the absence of Harrison. “George and Hazel were watching television”(Vonnegut,1). This quote shows that George and Hazel are watching TV together like a …show more content…

In Anthem, the children are not allowed are taken away from families. “We remember the Home of Infants where we lived till we were five years old, together with all the children of the City who had been born in the same year”,(Rand,20). This quote shows that in Anthem, there are no families and the children are taken away when born.The character Equality, never had a choice of who to love or ever seen his family. Also, in Anthem there is no choice in marriage or in any kind of love. “And we sighed, as if a burden had been taken from us, for we had been thinking without reason of the Palace of Mating”,(Rand,44). This quote indicates that your partner is chosen for you and when you first meet, you have to conceive children right after, once they are born you will never see them. People of Anthem’s Society have no love or family, they never experience it either. The stories “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem, dystopian societies, express differently in ways of family and love. In Anthem by Ayn Rand there are strict laws about marriage and having children. While in “Harrison Bergeron”, the people are allowed to have children, as long as they are average in everything. “Let us remember we are part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for the public order,and the right of peaceful protest”-Barack

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