The Lottery vs Harrison Bergeron
Customs tend to make you do what everyone else in your society is doing. Both of the tragic stories “The Lotto’, and “Harrison Burgeon” teach about how society tends to comply with particular customs or methods of being, no matter how gruesome. Their societies comply with such strange traditions, in fear of what may occur to them if they do not comply every year. These stories have some similarities, but likewise have lots of differences, for example, the setting. The setting of “The Lotto’ is embeded in the past, around 1948 in a small town of around 200 individuals, who are a little bit more barbaric Han nowadays.
The setting of “Harrison Burgeon” happens around 2080, in Middle America. In both stories, the primary character gets punished for going against their society way of living, and both pass away while their families watch. Although people today may think that individuals and societies in these stories are doing is insane, but in truth our societies today do not differ in the sense that we are defending equality. But defending equality may not be what we must be doing. After all, wouldn’t it be bland and no interesting hangs going on in the world if we were all the very same?
In “The Lottery’, each year, everyone in the village is counted for, and the head of the village makes a blank slip of paper for everybody in the town, other than among the papers has a black dot in the middle of it. They put them all in a box, and the next morning, everyone comes to the meeting point in the village, and all of the men of the houses pull a paper out. The family that extracts the paper with a black dot will have among their relative stoned to death.
Even though they might not want to run the society his way, they hesitate to alter the manner ins which their forefathers have lived, and by altering their lifestyle will trigger much more problems. In “Harrison Burgeon”, anybody that had a skill above or below the average was offered a handicap to make them equivalent to everyone else. Those handicaps would either increase their capabilities, or decrease them to the typical humans. They may have not liked the way that they were utilizing handicaps versus them, but they did not go against it, since it was making the society equal for the better.