Harrison Bergeron Essay

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Individuals breathe life into a society, they shape it with their ideas and beliefs. However, when these beliefs become corrupted, do individuals have the power to change it?. In the short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, and the theories of enlightenment philosophers, individuals can not change society. Tessie Hutchinson from “The Lottery” tried to persuade her village that the long-standing tradition was wrong, but faced death soon afterwards. On the other hand, Harrison from “Harrison Bergeron,” tried to overthrow society's ideas, through atrocious actions. The philosophers such as Locke and Rousseau, believed that the governors of society should be responsive and secure rights for the people. With this intention in mind, an individual wouldn’t change society because it is supposed to be built around the individuals. Thus, individuals can not change their society because they don’t have power in numbers, they will be condemned by society if they try, and they shouldn’t need to change society if it is built to represent. An individual can not change society because …show more content…

In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, everyone is made equal by making the more ‘advantaged’ humans ‘handicapped.’ However, the equality wasn’t ideal, so Harrison the perfect being of this society, wanted to make adjustments to their society, and does it in a forceful way. “‘I am the Emperor!’ cried Harrison. ‘Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!’” (Vonnegut 3). Harrison’s concept of change led to his demise because he was too violent in change, and he did not set up a strategy. Furthermore, he tried to forcefully change society, which is a wrong way to propose change. For instance, the many absolute monarch countries in history always ended up crumbling. Forceful change in society will always meet with

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