Character Analysis : ' Girl Of The Streets '

1773 Words Dec 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Individuality is so important in America. It is an ingrained part of the culture that has developed over the centuries from the original “American Dream” mindset. This individuality is what makes each person amazing, and no character in a story represents that more effectively than Harrison Bergeron in the Kurt Vonnegut Story by the same name. Maggie, in Maggie: Girl of the Streets is a premiere example of a character in a world where the individuality is pushed aside entirely. These two conflicting journeys represent the two possibilities for individuality in their similarly oppressive worlds. Harrison Bergeron shows us that no matter what actions are taken attempting to suppress individuality, nothing can truly be done to achieve equality. On the contrary, Maggie: Girl in the Streets shows us that when a person is a victim of circumstance individualism is difficult to express. Harrison Bergeron is a story characterized by a United States that is entirely equal for all. The government has released mandates that require every person that is above average to be brought down in skill both physically and mentally whether it be with weight or radio waves. This scene that Kurt Vonnegut paints for us in so few words is deeper than it first appears. Because, although strange, there is a lot to be drawn from his creation. Vonnegut himself tips us off on the true inequality in the story just a few lines in. “Some things about living still weren 't quite right, though. April for…
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