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Social Independence And Prejudice In Harrison Bergeron And V For Vendetta

1749 words - 7 pages

Harrison Bergeron is a story that depicts a society whereby everyone is equal mentally, physically and socially. The people were forced to wear handicaps, masks, weights and headsets in order to be equal with each other in the society. V for Vendetta is a 2005 action packed film by James McTeigue which presents a society that is controlled by the government. The film and the story present dystopian societies and both are stories of the future which shows how the government will slowly start controlling its people. In all the stories, one character stands up to the government and shows significant defiance unfortunately, they end up dying trying to fight the all controlling governments.
In the stories Harrison Bergeron and V for Vendetta prejudice is shown towards the people as they are not allowed to be different but think in the same way. Although the stories are told in very different settings, the themes are much the same. The stories use pathos and logos to indicate that human beings have natural tendencies of being afraid of what they think is different or something they know little about. The social life of the people in both stories was controlled by the government bringing it apart as the society became full of people who cannot add any value to it. They were made like toys that are being controlled and told what to do and not to do. If the government plays a part in designing the social life of its citizens, then the society will be not be integrated. This is because, all people will be made equal like in the two stories and there will be no development in the society as everyone thinks the same way.
In Harrison Bergeron story, the people are made equal by debilitating the ones who seem to have higher abilities and thoughts than the others. The society wants everyone to be same and an average community that looks down on the idea of competing with each other either intellectually, physically or by ability. The society wants everyone to be same and Harrison who was a teenager that was beyond average was made by the government to be equal like the rest of the community but they failed to hold him down. The government saw Harrison as a threat to their forced equality doctrine. The government through the Handicapper General altered the strength, beauty and intelligence of its people so that everyone in the community could be equal mentally, physically and socially by torturing them. The beautiful people were forced to wear hideous masks in order to cover their faces, the strong were forced to carry weights in order to be equal with the weak and the intelligent were forced to wear headsets and handicaps so as to interfere with their intelligent thoughts. It was a society whereby the citizens were tortured in order to achieve physical, mental and intellectual equality among all Americans. Those who did not wear handicaps were severely punished by the government as they were under surveillance throughout.
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