Essay about Differences On The Individual Affects Society

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Differences on how the individual affects society The stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin are different in their use of theme, setting and imagery which helps describe different ways that people view how the individual affects society. “Harrison Bergeron” is set in the future, and everyone has been handicapped to become equal, no one is smarter, stronger, or more beautiful than anyone else. It tells the story of Harrison is a fourteen year old boy who is in jail for trying to overthrow the government. “Omelas” is a parable that is written about a community where everyone is happy, and there is no fighting or violence, but this comes with a price because one child must suffer for them all to be happy. The first difference in both stories is the theme, like in “Harrison Bergeron” the theme is everyone has to be the same to be equal. They have all been handicapped like Harrison’s mother who says to her husband “Go on and rest the bag for a little while,” She said. “I don’t care if you’re not equal to me for awhile.” (Vonnegut, 233). Harrison’s mother is talking about the bag around her husband’s neck, weighing him down so he is equal to her. In “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the theme is that one person has to suffer for the rest of them to be equal. In the story the author states “they all know it is there, all the people of omelas. Some of them have come to see it, others are content merely to…

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