Essay on Communism and Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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The structure of communism and its main concepts heavily relate to “Harrison Bergeron”. Communisms main idea is to keep the corporations from having too much power; as well as making everything equal. Communisms structure differs from “Harrison Bergeron”, but they both share a lot of characteristics. In “Harrison Bergeron” the government is given way to much power and forces everyone to become equal. Communism also differs greatly from our U.S. government and acts in many different ways. Communism ensures a lot of power and equality, as well as in “Harrison Bergeron”; however, the acts of both governments differ from each other and from the U.S. government. Communism today has no copyright laws, no private property laws, …show more content…
The United States was trying to instruct democracy across the planet, while Russia was spreading Communism across Eastern Europe and Asia. However today, Communism has gradually drifted away but a very few countries still practice it today (Lopez). Communism is a very risky form of government and restricts full freedom of the people in any way.
In “Harrison Bergeron” the government is quite similar to communism but it is also very different. By different the government in “Harrison Bergeron” is tremendously strict and enforces people to wear devices, head pieces, weights, and anything to resolve equality. The government made it to where no one is better than each other. It eliminates all possibilities to be free and to express who you really are. “He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains” (Vonnegut Jr. 216).
This was what it was like in “Harrison Bergeron”, everyone was forced to be equal and they had no other choice. Communism strives to make things equal and for the people to not have any power but in “Harrison Bergeron” the government goes overboard. The differences in “Harrison Bergeron” are obvious, from enforcing equality by force or even killing ones who try to rebel; these are not acts by communism.
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