Equality of Life in Kurt Vonnegut's Works

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Equality of life Will Rogers once said “We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.” This quote is what we should strive for in reality but in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”, “Harrison Bergeron”, and “All the King’s Horses” this is the exactly the opposite of what occurs in his stories. In “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”, the earth is overcrowded, people live forever, the same politicians have been in office forever and no one recognizes each other’s rights. In “Harrison Bergeron” the people of America don’t even have any rights; they are “equal” in all aspects of life and in “All the King’s Horses” people are being used as chess pieces and not as human beings. …show more content…
And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear because he was too intelligent. Harrison’s father was also forced to carry around a bag of lead shot to make him not as strong as he could be, making him “equal” to everyone else. After Harrison was taken away, his mother doesn’t remember it and when she does subconsciously, she cries and doesn’t know why she is crying. After Harrison is taken he is forced to wear a large pair of earphones, spectacles with thick wavy lenses which were meant to cause him to have whanging headaches, and three hundred pounds of scrap metal. He then breaks free of his restraints and storms a TV studio and takes it over, here he declares himself emperor. He then declares that he needs an empress, then one of the ballerinas steps up, after removing her hideous mask, she reveals her blinding beauty. They are both killed by the Handicapper General after they kiss.
In Vonnegut’s “All the King’s Horses” he talks about the cold war and how men become machines, that war is a ritual human sacrifice and that we are just pawns in the game of life (Radovic). In the short story, Pi Ying tells Kelly that chess games, like battles, can very rarely be won without sacrifices and that, philosophically, and that the game he is required to play is no different. Vonnegut also discusses the true horror of war that, in order to survive, men must become like machines, denying their humanity. In Vonnegut’s
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