Compare and Contrast Essay A lot of books and movies are plotted around dystopian settings; The Lorax and Harrison Bergeron are prime examples of dystopic states and thus they will be used in this essay. It is clearly visible to see that they are dystopian societies but they have different dystopian characteristics that define how their societies function. They do this in similar and in different ways which are evident. Also there are differences between the two protagonists in the stories. The Lorax is an animated movie which features a town called “Thneedville” which is completely taken over by plastic and everyone is obsessed with technology. Within the city, there is nothing natural; the people even buy their own air. The town is caged in by a gigantic wall so they can’t see the destruction beyond. They are ruled by a man named O’Hare who is greedy and makes all the people blind and not realize the advantages of having a natural world. One boy named Ted wants to bring a tree into town and give is to a girl named Audrey who he is desperately in love with. Ted goes on a journey to find a tree which leads him to the Once-ler who tells him the story of how the trees disappeared. Ted goes to the Once-ler a few times to hear the entire story and at the end he gives Ted the last seed to help restore the world of trees. Harrison Bergeron is about a futuristic society that ensures equality between everyone. The people are constantly watched and all of the people are under constant watch and are encumbered to the point where they can’t think for themselves. The protagonist is a boy named Harrison Bergeron, hence the title. He was taken away from his parents by the Handicapper General. The Handicapper General controls all and makes it so everyone is completely equal by encumbering people’s abilities. Harrison defies his handicaps and claims to be emperor and is seen as a super human and takes a ballerina who also takes off her handicaps and becomes his empress briefly. While this is going on people start removing their handicaps, but before long the Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, enters into the studio and kills both Harrison and his newly selected empress. Everyone is then instructed to put their handicaps back on and life continues on as it did at the beginning. Both The Lorax and Harrison Bergeron are dystopic societies. In both stories there are a lot of things that are similar. In both stories they are monitored by the government. For instance, in The Lorax there are cameras everywhere throughout Thneedville and everyone is being watched. When Ted left to go see the Once-ler, O’Hare knew because he saw him leave the city through his cameras that are placed everywhere. In Harrison Bergeron all of the people’s thoughts are monitored by the government so they don’t use their brains more than anyone else. They are limited to what they can think because if they think too much a pulse or sound is sent into their head from the handicaps to distort their thoughts. This falls under the Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance characteristic of a dystopian society. Also, both stories are illusions of a perfect utopia. For example, in The Lorax, they believe that having fake trees and having all unnatural things in their town is perfect because it’s what they have been exposed to. In Harrison Bergeron they
are forced upon the people by the Handicapper General to create an all-equal society. The character George Bergeron is forced to stay equal by the government’s laws of equality while his wife, Hazel Bergeron, is of only average intelligence, and consequently not given a handicap. Their son, however, has broken the laws of equality and is fugitive of the United States Handicapper General. The conflict between the United States Handicapper General and the Bergeron family helps to establish and develop…
What would happen to the world if the people were literally equal in every aspect of their lives? In the futuristic short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the world is finally living up to America’s first amendment of everyone is being created equal. In this society, the gifted, strong, and beautiful are required to wear handicaps of earphones, heavy weights, and hideous masks, respectively. With the world…
Social Criticism in Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron
Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” is full of social criticism of a world where
everybody has been made equal. In this story Vonnegut shows how people would be made
equal and the depressing it could be and how the opposite can be just as bad. One of the
biggest criticism is to make everyone equal, they would have to be made incompetent to be
equal with those below average ability in any area…
average, ballerina’s masks and weights, announcer unable to speak, ballerina’s voice, musicians playing, Harrison and the ballerina’s dance.)
2. the suppression of ideas, and (Amendments themselves, George’s handicaps, ballerina’s masks, Hazel’s curiosity bringing up the way it used to be)
“It shows the audience that this is a society where the state has over-stepped its authority and blurred…
In the short story, "Harrison Bergeron", by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., conformity takes over the lives of all people. The government strives to take away all existing individuality. Individuality and conformity are the two views of this story. Vonnegut stresses how ridiculous the government is and what they do to keep people from being individuals. Vonnegut shows the importance of individuality versus conformity through the use of contrast, humor, and figurative language.Vonnegut contrasts the importance…
Brother" was their God and savior, and that subjects such as Goldstein
were threats to the nation. Which allowed the government to manipulate their citizens in any way
they wanted to.
In the short story written by Kurt Vonnegut titled Harrison Bergeron published in 1961.
Vonnegut suggests that total quality is not worth striving for as many people believe, but a
mistaken goal that is dangerous in both executions and outcome. To achieve physical and mental
equality among all Americans , the…
Analytical Essay of Harrison Bergeron
Some people see the future having flying cars, robots, and peace. Kurt Vonnegut sees the future as a dark world and a prison. In his short story, Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut writes about a world where the government plays the role of “equality” on the people, but the government is really using this falsity as an excuse to control the people in the society with handicaps.
In the present, equality is what we strive for. We try to treat people equally…
March 5, 2015
Chapter 32 Between 1900 and 1925, traditional norms were violated or abandoned in art, music, and literature. What factors might have brought about this situation? Offer specific examples to illustrate your general statements.
Pablo Picasso, who moved from place to place, was a huge example of why traditional norms were violated or abandoned. Picasso was one of the co-creators of Cubism which was the first style of abstract art which evolved at the early twentieth…