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.
Kurt Vonnegut’s writing style is satirical and conveys underlying messages on human nature and present society. In “All the King’s Horses”, Vonnegut talks about how we are all pawns in the game of life and that man is become machine like. In “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” Vonnegut talks about how the future may not be as we all hope it will be, that we aren’t as advanced in technology or space travel as we hope we will be in the near or far future. He also uses irony in this short story when he uses processed seaweed and sawdust as the anti aging drug. In “Harrison Bergeron” Vonnegut talks about how a utopian society could never work in reality as people are all unique in every aspect, we are smarter than others or not as smart, we are beautiful to some and ugly to others, we are fast and we are slow, we are human, and humans are not perfect.
In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is about how the future may not be the better place to live in as we hope it to be. The cities are overpopulated; nothing changes except the amount of people that live in the cities which keep increasing because no one dies anymore. There are no new ideas anymore, the same politicians and government officials are the same officials from 50 or 100 years ago. The prisons are better to be in then being in the apartment.
In “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” the characters struggle to cope with one another in the cramped apartment in which the entire family lives in. They are constantly in fear of their patriarch, Gramps, who constantly threatens them with his will, which he is constantly changing so that the rest of the family obeys his commands. The family is forced to watch the same TV show every day, The McGarvey Family, was a TV series that Gramps had been following since he was sixty, or for one hundred and twelve years. “I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next,” he said.” This talks about how without change you’ll end up watching the equivalent to Days of Our Lives forever.
Some of the family members plot to get rid of Gramps by diluting his anti aging medicine, when Gramps finds out he leaves the apartment and in his will he says that the family should share the apartment, this leads to fight...

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