What kind of life would it be if we were all the same? The short story, “Harrison Bergeron”, written in 1961 by the author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a declaration for everyone to be equal. In the year 2081 Constitutional Amendments were made to have everyone equal. People are made equal by devices which bring them down to normality in the short story, it is to enforce the equality laws and to bring everyone down to below-average in strength, intelligence, and ability. Harrison who broke his handicaps on television and for a brief time shows the world the beauty of human beings, he then rebels against the dystopian world and is killed before he has finished his dance.
Ancient Greek Philosopher Aristotle said, “ The worst form inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” Vonnegut portrays Aristotle's philosophy in his short story “Harrison Bergeron.” The short story depicts a society in the year 2081, forcing physical handicaps trying to make everyone equal, “nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else” (Vonnegut 1). The people within the society have become passive, unthinking and calm and are restricted to the lowest minority. Although Harrison Bergeron rebels and goes against the society to break the dehumanization and to gain his freedom back that he once had.
The second example of this was when Harrison Bergeron removed all of his handicaps on live television. According to the short story, “‘Even as I stand here,’ he bellowed, ‘crippled, hobbled, sickened- I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived. Now watch me become what I can become!’” (“Harrison Bergeron”, 4). Harrison had been arrested for plotting to overthrow the government, and was forced to wear several handicaps. For every handicap that Harrison proceeded to remove after the quote, it showed that he no longer wanted to be shackled down by the government just for being intelligent, athletic, and strikingly handsome.
Imagine living in a world where people are unable to think for themselves and can only carry out actions that will better everyone else. That world is a collectivist society in which Ayn Rand forces her characters to live in her book. Anthem can be defined as a dystopian book because of the setting characterization, and the amount of government control. Anthem is set in the future. Equality writes in his journal saying, “They whisper many strange things of the towers which rose to the sky in those unmentionable time,” (Rand 19).
1984 is a novel that shows the severity of totalitarian and communist rule by showing what London would be like in the future if it were under totalitarian rule. The novel shows the life of a low ranking member of the society, Winston Smith. Everywhere that Winston goes, he is watched by the government and forced to look at propaganda showing the government is watching him. The government, Big Brother, even watches Winston and others in their own homes. At the start of the novel, Winston feels frustrated by the oppressive rule of Big Brother which even prohibits free thought and expression of individuality.
There are so many similarities and differences between the stories "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery". But basically, in "Harrison Bergeron" everyone is equal, nobody is smarter than anybody else, nobody is better looking than anybody else, and nobody is stronger or quicker than anybody else. This is because everybody wears handicaps to make everyone equal to each other. But basically, one boy named Harrison Bergeron takes matters into his own hands and goes against the government. The government basically makes all these people wear their handicaps all the time.
A dystopia is a nonexistent place where everything is awful. Many stories written in a dystopian society tend to open up as if it was a utopia- the opposite of a dystopia. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut the startup of the short story appears to be a utopia, and everything seems like a perfect futuristic society. However, it quickly becomes unmasked as a dystopia by the oppression and fear for this society to be “perfect” and “equal”. "The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal.
There are many similarities and differences between the early civilizations of the Middle East and India. The early Middle East civilizations will include Mesopotamia and Egypt. Mesopotamia was founded in 3300 BC, and Egypt was founded around 3000 BC. India was founded around 2500 BC. So these civilizations were founded all around the same time.
What if one were to tell state that two plus two equals five or that war is peace? One would probably say that the speaker is wrong or completely crazy. This is the case in the world of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, here these statements are the complete truth. In 1984, Orwell presents his readers with a dystopian world that is under the tyrannical control of Big Brother and the Inner Party. The Party brainwashes the citizens of this society by completely changing the history of the world to show themselves as the greatest thing in the world.
Is a perfect society possible, or is it just the seed of a corrupt governments rise to total control, masquerading the truth from its community. In The Giver, by Lois Lowry, the protagonist named Jonas just happens to be one of the government’s pawns at the time. Throughout the book, Jonas learns that the ‘perfect’ society he’s been living in his life isn’t a utopia after all. It actually turns out to be a dystopian society, where there is no freedom to do the things that people take for granted in modern society. The dystopian society written about in The Giver has many distinct differences and some similarities whilst being held up to the light with modern society today.
There is more at work in the government than just handicaps. “The rest of Harrison’s hollowed hardware. Nobody have ever born heavier handicaps… If you see this boy do not, I repeat, do not approach him” (Vonnegut 3-4). The government doesn’t want Harrison to get loose because he can expose them, show the people the truth. Harrison is under handicapped and incredibly intelligent, he has many capabilities.
He describes to the reader that each branch of the government would have some control over the other, balancing out the governmental power, thus keeping the effects of factions to a minimum. Madison makes a compelling, and intelligent argument in Federalist 10. As stated previously, he builds this argument on the assumption that factions are part of human nature, and thus, cannot be controlled. This is key because most, if not all readers would agree they prefer to associate politically with like-minded people. This opens the door for Madison to further his argument by explaining how he plans to control the inevitable effects of factions.
And they needed something to ensure that the major population centers, all of which existed on 'business ' fare more than agriculture and other earthy endeavors, couldn 't control this one and only national election endlessly. Thus, the Electoral College. Take away the Electoral College today and it is likely that you would wind up with one very powerful party the democrats and one far-less powerful party...the republicans. At best. this isn 't because the electoral college favors the republicans, though.
Classics are known as the objects which endure the passages of time, only to passed on again and again while encompassing continuance and a sense of adventure. The War Of the Worlds by H.G. Wells was considered to be the “Father” of the science fiction genre and apply the use of curiosity to employ his readers to discover more about the otherworldly species who have invaded the diverse universe this author has created. Throughout this classic novel you follow an undefined protagonist who must endure the chaos the aliens of Mars had brought upon the unsuspecting world. This novel definitely exceeds the qualifications for the privilege of being considered a Classic with an intellectual protagonist, detailed use of metaphors and foreshadowing
Here, it shows the group is more important because it has to do with equality. There was basically no individuals here because everyone had to be the same. No one is better than anyone else, everyone is average. You can’t be prettier, stronger, or smarter than anyone else. The story was started by saying, “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal.” (Vonnegut 1).