John Updike 's A & P And Kurt Vonnegut 's Harrison Bergeron Essay

1566 Words Mar 8th, 2016 7 Pages
The meaning of freedom can be a very board subject. Freedom, which can mean a great deal for one person can mean something totally different to the next. John Updike’s “A&P” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” both deal with quite the same aspect of freedom. In “Harrison Bergeron” the character Harrison wanted independence from a society that did not allow any freedom. Intelligent individuals couldn 't think or speak about certain things, in fear of repercussions. The freedom to be unique was taken from them, and if they went against any of the laws they suffered the consequences of being imprisoned (like Harrison). In a society where equality is heavily pushed upon the members, the lesson to be learned is without some freedoms a society cannot be perfect. John Updike’s “A&P” freedom lies in the three girls wearing the swimsuits. The girls, who seemed to think wearing a swimsuit in a public environment was an everyday sight, didn 't seem to be fazed on bit but the stares of others around them. The feeling of being able to do something without caring about judgments from others brings a sense of freedom. John Updikes short story “A&P” revolves around a narrator who has a strange way of seeing things. The narrator feels as though he is above many of the people who shop at his super market job. The story takes place at the A&P grocery store where the narrator is a cashier.
It 's a regular day, nothing out of the ordinary until three girls in…

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