The Ones Who Walk Away From The And Kurt Vonnegut 's Harrison Bergeron

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Charles Pullara Prof. Barnard English 102-CH February 21, 2015 Future of Human Societies Ursula LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” are two thought provoking works that speculate the future of human societies. Both authors portray their stories in very different but also similar ways that can also connect to society today as a whole. We do experience similar pains in our society. However, we do not or may not pay attention to it. Societies’ rules exist to balance conflicting human interests and keep order. Nonetheless, it should not cradle ones potential to grow and become more productive members of society. In “Harrison Bergeron” the reader gets a sense of miserableness. Life seems to be dragged out for these characters. Vonnegut portrays a society that is something we couldn’t imagine. However, this society would essentially be ideal to all humans. In this society, anyone who was more intelligent than another would wear a handicap helmet. No one person would be better than, or worse than the other. Once, being more advanced and intellectual was considered an asset and a plus for the society we live in. Now, it’s considered more of a liability and was thought to hurt you. Harrison Bergeron was considered dangerous because of how intellectual he was. He was thrown in prison and kept away from society in fear that he would create an unbalance. A consequence of this society is that people were not exactly equal because they
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