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Similarities of "The Lottery" and "Harrison Bergeron"

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Geoff Blaylock

on 8 December 2015

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Transcript of Similarities of "The Lottery" and "Harrison Bergeron"

"The Lottery" is a story about a tradition where every year, they hold a lottery. This lottery contains the names of every head family member in the town. If your family is drawn, their is another lottery for all of the members in your family. Whoever is drawn from that one, gets stoned to death by the townspeople. On drawing day, everybody is in good spirits. But as soon as Bill Hutchinson is called, his wife, Tessie, starts whining about how the lottery isn't fair. Tessie is then drawn, and she is stoned to death.
"The Lottery" Overview
Theme of "The Lottery"
People have been having the lottery for hundreds of years
There is no reason given for why it happens
Some towns have stopped having a lottery alltogether
Nobody objects to it
It is a tradition
When someone mentions that other towns have stopped having a lottery, Old Man Warner says, "Ain't nothin' but trouble in that"
Old Man Warner goes on about "77 years I've been in the lottery."
Tessie says "It isn't fair" repeatedly
Old Man Warner says, "People ain't the way they used to be."
Theme of "Harrison Bergeron"
People are oblivious whats happening to them
People cant think deep enough to realise that they are beign mistreated by the government
One person decides to break tradition and gets killed for it.
Everybody immediately forgets about it
They use alot of termanology like, "Good as anybody else" or "Who knows better than I what normal is?"
When Hazel asks George if his handicap is bothering him, he responds saying, "I don't mind it much anymore, its just a part of me now."
When Hazel watches her own son get killed on telivision, she can't remember what she was crying about, saying, "something real sad on television."
When George says, "You can say that again", Hazel actually repeats herself.
"Harrison Bergeron" Overview
"Harrison Bergeron" is a story about a society in which everyone is the same, both physically and menally. Some people are forced to wear headsets that blast annoying sounds to limit their thinking, and some walk around burdened with birdshot to keep them from being faster or stronger. This is so nobody feels better or worse than anybody else. People that are born with abnormally high intelligence, physical abilites, or attractiveness are handicapped. Harrison Bergeron was taken away from his parents at a young age. He is especially handicapped because of his features. One day, Harrison decides to take his handicap off, and he is almost immidiately shot to death by the handicap general, or the person who distributes handicaps.
By Geoff Blaylock
Similarities of "The Lottery" and "Harrison Bergeron"
Reoccuring Theme
The reoccuring theme between both stories is the fact that in the beginning, nobody thinks to break habit. They are all under the impression that since they had grown up with a tradition, it must stay that way no matter how sick and wrong it is by modern standards. In "The Lottery", everybody grews are up with the lottery, so everybody accepts it. Tessie is the only one who thinks it is wrong. In "Harrison Bergeron", everybody is completely oblivious to the government's cruelty. They think that it's just the way things are, so they must stay that way. Finally, Harrison decides to break tradition.
Thesis Statement
Both "Harrison Bergeron" and "The Lottery" describe situations in which people don't think to break tradition for fear of consequence.
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