Compare And Contrast Harrison Bergeron And Anthem

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No matter your social status or how powerful you feel you are, we are all equal. We came here by birth and leave by death”. The stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both dystopian-esque works that are about two characters living in a world of equality but struggle due to them seeing the world in their own image. The true reason the story is made is to prove a point that being too equal can be dreadful. Although “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both examples of dystopian literature, their portrayal of (technology) differs greatly from the protagonists which have severely similar traits. With the addition of the background information, the claim that some believe to be true is technology in Harrison Bergeron and Anthem are vastly different but more specifically the use of weapons. The first piece of evidence comes from “Harrison Bergeron” when Handicapper Troops infiltrate the building the author explains what happens next by saying “It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor.” (Vonnegut 5) The quote shows that Harrison Bergeron has technological advancements over Anthem. In the book you never hear about any use of rifles, pistols, or shotguns. Even in the chapter where Equality is imprisoned it is described as looking outdated and having
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