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Harrison Bergeron Individuality Vs Society

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What value does individuality have if once uniqueness becomes average in society? In this sort stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Ursula K. Le Guin and “The ones who walk away from Omelas” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. portray, that individuality comes at a cost. Both authors narrate in third person omniscient, demonstrating similar ideas in setting, symbolisms of characters and dramatic situations. The point of view in both stories is to analyze individuality vs. society: in such a perfect world certain freedoms or sacrifices would need to be met in order to balance out the serenity in their perfect worlds. First off, in the beginning of the stories the authors built up a positive setting in the story line, by describing the scenario as the ideal world to live in. The author in “Harrison Bergeron” emphasizes the importance of equality in this new era stating “They were equal every which way. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody…show more content…
In “Harrison Bergeron” a new era had begun of equality, and Harrison is a mis-fit in this society; the sole reason why the handicaps were place as stated in the passage “He is a genius and athlete …a man that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder” (234 Vonnegut). His superiority would collapse the new terms of equality in the United States. The child in story “The ones who walk away from Omelas” is the core to maintain the peacefulness of this town, solely through his sacrifice stating ” the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendship, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars… depend wholly on this child’s abominable misery”(261 Guin). The authors apply the same symbolism in both characters by showing the necessity of their misery for the greater good of their
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