Welcome To The Monkey House Research Paper

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Utopia: A Lost Cause? The utopian dream of attaining a ubiquitous society absent of hardship, worry, and fear can easily snowball and develop into a dystopia; a place enveloped by drastic chaos, oppression, and terror. The “progressive” regimes at the head of utopian societies warrant the corruption, repression, and unethical inequality that ultimately lead to the downfall of a society. The turning point from a positive and progressive idea to one that is negative and repressive is not instantaneous, but rather a slow progression of changes that leads to massive upheaval. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House, his short stories depict fictional utopian worlds that revolve around the progression of societies into dystopias. The eccentric plots untangle many misconceptions about utopias and reveal the disturbing, imperfect aspects of ‘perfect’ worlds. As genuine and valuable as equality seems, it can be more perverse and destructive. The short story, Harrison Bergeron accurately displays this misconception through administering handicaps to people in order to attain true, total equality among all people. Vonnegut 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 smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. (Vonnegut 7)” The members of this so-called utopian…show more content…
In the Euphio Question, Dr. Fred Bockman, a physicist, discovers a radio frequency that creates a sense of pure euphoria, bliss, and tranquility. With good intentions, Fred, Lew, and narrator had the brilliant idea to sell this sensation. They would call it “Euphoria Phone” or “Euphio”, for short, to the public after witnessing the popular craze for it in a sample broadcast. The radio announcer, Lew

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