Our media and TV shove others agenda’s down your throat and it’s infused or snuck into a show, just to make it more and more commonplace until you don’t notice it anymore because it’s become common. “All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General” (Gioia 232). Yet today we still see color, and judge race by negative examples of other people of the same race from the past. Is this where we as Americans are headed? As our leaders look for new path to equality with socialist ideals to make everyone equal and include more government control?
The Dystopian short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. tells of a world where everybody is made to be excruciatingly average. In an attempt to push equality to its furthest limits the United States government released a series of laws that forced anybody who was above average in any area, whether that be intelligence, beauty, strength, or any skill to be handicapped to turn them into another average person. This causes performers to have to wear masks and to bear weights so that they aren't better than anybody else, reporters have speech impediments, and due to the mass-hysteria against competition, anyone who tries to go against this system is harshly punished. This lack of human diversity causes a stagnation of progress, as well
“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal” (Aristotle). “Harrison Bergeron” is a short story written by the famous author, Kurt Vonnegut. This book was based off of the symbol of equality and published in 1961. “Harrison Bergeron” was written about a boy named Harrison, who tried to overpower the government. Harrison was not for the government’s ways of “equality” and wanted to live by his own set of rules.
The the short Dystopian story Harrison Bergeron written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Vonnegut tries to warn us about not letting the government take our freedom away from us. He does this by showing a reality of our world in the form of a short story that takes place in 2081, a world where everybody is stripped of their freedom and individuality. “Everybody was finally equal”(Vonnegut, 1). this comes as a saying in the beginning of the story and shows us how throughout the short story following the lives of George and Hazel a married couple whose son Harrison is taken away. So from the story we are warned that we shouldn’t give the power to the government to be able to control our life.
‘Amen’ “ (Rand 21). This motto prevents the idea of equity by saying they should all be the same. It is taking away the idea of individuality and fails the society members. The society is attempting to make all equal however that is nearly impossible to actually do. Both pieces fail their societies by trying to make everyone and everything the
Edison invented the lightbulb in 1879, and today it powers more than 20 million appliances(LED). In Ayn Rand’s Anthem, the government enforces “fairness” forbidding any distinct skills keeping their citizens dull. Equality 7-2521 the main protagonist, wants to escape from this norm even if the government forbids it; leading to the discovery of remnants from the unmentionable times, and then fully betraying the government as a whole. Equality throughout the book starts to slowly develop an understand about individuality, during his work with the box, representing Rand's beliefs of individuality being ultimate power when compared to a group. Equality thinks the unmentionable times would help prove himself worthy even if it defies the great truth.
For instance, when the protagonist, Harrison escapes from jail and crashes the live ballerina broadcast Vonnegut uses situational irony. Once Harrison escapes, the reader develops a conclusion that Harrison will rebel when he says, “I am the Emperor!” When Harrison and his Empress, the ballerina “shifted their weights to their toes” the reader assumes Harrison will take over and over throw Diana Moon Glampers but, the Handicap General shoots them both dead. This is situational irony because it is the exact opposite of what is anticipated. With this scene Vonnegut is implying that equality is dangerous. The author concludes the narration with George and Hazel’s calm and ironic conversation after just watching their son, Harrison being shot dead on live television.
Consequently a few people enjoy being the same, it is not easy, and following the Handicap General’s rules is challenging. If the entire world was the same, including the ballerinas, they wouldn’t be compelled to wear handicap bags. Handicap are bags that are full of lead balls that weigh as much as your equality. As stated by the author of “Harrison Bergeron”, “Go on and rest the bag for a little while,”she stated. “I don’t care if you’re not equal to me for a while.” This statement demonstrates that everyone was not always equal.
In Anthem, Equality says, “For men are forbidden to take notice of women, and women are forbidden to take notice of men. But we think of one among women…”(Rand 38). Equality is thinking about someone of the opposite gender, which is prohibited by law in his society. This community controls everyone but Equality is straying from the rules they have enforced. In Harrison’s community, the government keeps handicaps on people who are more advanced.
Handicaps prevent an individual from functioning as a whole. Handicaps not only prevent people from being all they could be, but it prevents them from the individuality that makes them up as humans. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” set in the near future, displays how being equal in the eyes of the government, means having to cover up your talent, mind, or beauty, with an object that they see fit to make you the same as everyone else mentally, physically and emotionally. Vonnegut’s story explains how handicaps can weigh you down, quite literally.
It says “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law.They were equal every which way. Nobody was stronger, quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.” This shows us that They don 't want anyone to be the same because they think it will make more problems. Another section from the story is “why don’t you stretch out on the sofa, so’s you can rest your handicap bag on pillows, honeybunch.
Harrison Bergeron vs. Anthem To live in a world where collectivism is a part of society it must be strange to the way we live now. In both dystopian novels everyone has the same rights and is equal which makes them practice collectivism. Throughout both novels they show their separate in relationship and figure out what relationships truly are and overcome the fear of their government discovering them. In Vonnegut’s “ Harrison Bergeron” and Rand’s “Anthem” their societies are the similar in equality but different in their relationships. Both novels show the characteristics that they are exactly equal because collectivism is practiced upon society by the close minded government.