Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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Are the people in society living their own life or are they being controlled? People’s lives are influenced by where they live in. Society greatly affects one’s life. It affects people’s way of living, personality, and behavior. A frequent theme in stories is society that is shown in a negative light by making people unhappy, discriminate others or live lie controlled robots. Living in a society with family and friends does not mean a happy life. People’s happiness is from living with your loved ones without anyone hurting or suffering. But it’s not the case in the story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. A law has been established and because of this, Harrison was taken away from his parents. The society has broken a once happy family for a nonsense law. This unhappiness is also in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. A tradition of throwing stones to whoever gets the slip with the possibility of death is still continuing. The society has taken the meaning of family for making them do the tradition. Another story is “Maternity” by Lilika Nakos. A war has taken place and a…show more content…
Not all people living in a society in a society are family, of same race, smarter, etc. In the story of Harrison, Vonnegut said, “everybody is equal, nobody is smarter or better looking or stronger than anybody else.” People who seem superior to others are given restrictions. People in the society don’t have to be like or equal to others. “The Lottery” is the opposite of Harrison’s story. In this story, social standing is important; they know their place in the society. People aren’t as rich as others; they don’t have what others have. This is also the case in “Maternity.” Considering a war has taken place and people are in a refugee camp, social standing still applies. People who had a better life before still have a better life than others after all that happened. In society, no one is ever going to be the same as
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