Comparing and Contrasting Utopia to Harrison Bergeron
Rosalie Roffler | Language Arts Per. 3 | September 11, 2016
How can two almost opposite societies have so much in common? Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s short story, Harrison Bergeron, a dystopian society, and Sir Thomas More's book, Utopia, (obviously a utopian society), have many similarities in their ideas about society, although the way they carry out their ideas is very different. Both books have almost the same basic concepts when it comes to beliefs and their ways of life.
One of the beliefs that both societies have in common is that everyone should be treated equally. In Utopia, they believe, that everyone should be taught the same thing, everyone should be treated the same way, and everyone should get the same respect. If …show more content…
That’s where these two societies really differ. In Utopia, the society raises the individuals up. They don’t make everyone the same on the inside, but what they do is treat every citizen with the same respect, the same kindness, and the same love. This is much unlike the ways the society in Harrison Bergeron goes about equality. They change who the “abnormal” people really are by bringing them down, but meanwhile they are really bringing the whole society down. I don’t think that making everyone the same is fair, because they are making all of these special, talented, smart individuals, become one with the “normal” or average people. No one gets to have their own thoughts or actions! Just like these two societies think everyone should be treated equally, they also believe that everyone should look equal. In Utopia, one of their ways of life is that all individuals should look the same, “Throughout
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2 societys What are the differences between 2 societys,Anthem and “Harrison Bergeron”. Anthem is about a boy named Equality 7-2521 who is smarter than everyone in the society.he meets a girl and then runs away to the forest. ”Harrison Bergeron”is about a boy would needs to have a handicaps to be average. Rand Anthem and vonnegut “Harrison Bergeron” is different with family relationships and mind control. Family relationships are different in many way in Anthem and “Harrison Bergeron”.
“Harrison Bergeron," written by Kurt Vonnegut during the 1960s, portrays vigorous political and social criticisms of America. The political system depicted in Vonnegut's story distinctly enforces the concept that people should be equal in every way. This concept, however, is taken literal. It is the year 2081 and every individual in America is forced by law to be completely equal. No one is allowed to be smarter, good-looking, or physically superior than anyone else.
To begin with the reason why Harrison Bergeron world is Dystopia. Smart people like George a character in the story that have to wear a little mental handicap radio in his ear because his intelligence is above normal and the government want to keep people like him from taking unfair advantage of their brain. People also had to wear a mental handicap around them. One of the quotes that Kurt Vonnegut mention in the story is that “All people equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the constitution (Kurt 1). If they tried to take off the mental handicap on them they would punish.
In Harrison Bergeron, the year is 2081 and everyone is ‘equal’ on literally all levels which is due to the over exaggerated amount of amendments that have been added over time. For example,“They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.”
Government Control Everyone has felt smarter or maybe not so smart, due to others intelligence once in their lifetime. In a world full of different people this can happen often. However, what if there were a world where everyone was equal? No person was smarter than the other, and everyone had the same level of intelligence. In the movie, Harrison Bergeron, he is a very gifted boy who is against a “government” that makes the entire society equal by handicapping the more gifted, down to the level of the less fortunate or incapable.(Bruce “Harrison”)
Harrison Bergeron is a novel where the author is expressing what he thinks society is leading to and what the problems are. Harrison Bergeron is the main character and his points of view and thinking matters are interesting to investigate. This author made everyone the same. Societies are pressuring people to become the same and making people think that if they don 't look or act some sort of way, they don 't matter or serve to our world, causing many people to go to certain limits and even causing suicide as a solution. In the story, everyone thinks the same, everyone walks the same, hears the same.
Harrison Bergeron, a story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, shows a society where everyone is the same, no one is- or allowed to be, better than anyone else. The story takes place in a futuristic society during 2081. The main two people in this story are Hazel and George Bergeron. George, along with most people, has sacks filled with birdshot, and a handicap radio.
In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. relies on the use of irony to indicate where our country will stand once we have gained total equality amongst each other. The theme in “Harrison Bergeron” is that the government cannot enforce equality within the people. The author creates a fictional visualization of the future in the year 2081, where the government controls the people and tortures them in order to maintain “equal opportunity” in their world to prove why it is impossible to achieve absolute equality in the world. Vonnegut dives into a whole other level of uniformity in Harrison Bergeron by focusing on eliminating advantages in appearance, intelligence, strength, and other unique abilities rather than focusing on
Comparing and contrasting 2081 to Harrison Bergeron Admit it, one time you were bored or sat down with nothing to do and couldn’t help but imagine how life would be if everyone was equal, don’t even try denying it, you’ve thought of that at least once in your life, but as any good writer would do, they’d write their thoughts down and turn it into a story, that’s exactly what Kurt Vonnegut did. Just imagine living a life where no one gets compared to others in any way. We all wish for a society like that, but Kurt showed us how equality can negatively affect our society. But that’s not the our main idea in this essay, our main idea is to highlight the comparisons and contrasts between the story “Harrison Bergeron” and the movie version “2081”. To begin with, Both the story and the movie had the same introduction/ Opening; “Everybody was finally equal.
Gatlin Farrington 12/1 P.4 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is an excellent utopian/dystopian fictional story about a man who fights for the freedom to read. The government in this world has made almost every book (with a few exceptions) illegal. They have done this due to the contradictory ideas found in them. It was thought that all of the contradictions might confuse citizens on what is the truth and what isn’t.
Throughout Harrison Bergeron, A.I and The Veldt different fictional societies with potential; dangers to society is revealed. An individual in a dystopian society can easily be controlled or manipulated by a higher power or government. In Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut everyone loses his individuality for the ‘benefit’ of society. “ They were equal in every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else.
Dystopian stories are usually set in an unfavorable society in which to live, where the antagonist is the society itself, and the protagonist is the person who is looking towards changing this society and fixing its flaws, who believes that they can make a difference by overthrowing the government or escaping from it. The conflict is often not solved, or the hero fails to solve it, and the dystopian society continues as it was before. Harrison Bergeron is an example of a dystopian story where society has intensely controlled the population’s unique qualities to make everyone exactly equal. People’s talent, beauty, intelligence, and any other quality that makes them different is brought down and destroyed by forcing them to wear handicaps, masks, and weights. Harrison Bergeron is the protagonist of the story.
This short story is mainly about equality for everyone and it’s a Utopian society that becomes a Dystopian society. A Utopian society is, “an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens”(“Utopia”). On the other hand, a Dystopian society is, “an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible”(Dystopian). The setting of “Harrison Bergeron”
Kurt Vonnegut uses characterization to describe how the characters act in this society. Vonnegut also uses style to show how he uses science fiction and dystopia in “Harrison Bergeron”. The theme demonstrated in “Harrison Bergeron” is equality is not meant to make one person better than another. Kurt Vonnegut in “Harrison Bergeron”, demonstrates that equality based on characteristics is not a good thing for society. Harrison Bergeron is a short story based on the year 2081, where everybody is equal.
Would you rather have freedoms or no freedoms? One reason a democracy is better than a utopia because living in a democracy with freedoms is better because you are able to choose what YOU want to do. Another reason you are able to choose what job you think is best for yourself instead of being forced into something that may not fit you and finally, you 're able to wear what you want and be different from other people and not look the same as everyone else. For these reasons, a democratic society is better than a utopian society because in a democratic society people have freedom of choice. To start, you are able to choose what YOU want to do, instead of being told around like some robot.