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I have chosen to examine the theme of attempted but failed equality in my final paper.
The theme of equality is present throughout many of the dystopian short stories, novels, poems and films we have studied in class. The three stories I feel this theme is most present in are “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin. In these stories society tries to make everything orderly and just. Their methods to promote equality are flawed. The goal in these stories is to perfect society but in each story they fall short. Reading these stories I am only reminded of the need for equality in the world. Equality is an issue that has been impacting our nation and society for a very long time. I find this very interesting and it is very close to my heart. My parents are German and faced many struggles and even discrimination when they moved to America in the early 90’s. I am a Christian and believe all people were created equal. We were all given gifts and the equal chance to be who we want but many factors have proven difficult for many. Society should never discriminate against others on account of race, sex, sexual preferences or geographical origin. This is why I chose this particular topic.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a story based on a small New England town or village of 300 people. Each year the townspeople gather to draw slips of paper to decide their fate. If they