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Alissa KatoPeriod 5 May 8, 2012The Iron Grip of ConformityEveryone should think before they act; what one does to others, one does to themselves. This ideais displayed in the short stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. “Harrison Bergeron” is set in 2081 in the United States of America, where everyone has conformed to be entirely equal. “The Lottery” is about a town who is gathering for an important event called “The Lottery”. In both of these stories, society overlooks the consequences of decisions; both societies do not realize the consequences of their decision. The central theme of both “Harrison Bergeron”and “The Lottery” is the idea that people easily conform without considering the consequences. In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, there are obvious dangers that the societies do not foresee before making decisions. These two stories reveal that the entire concept of conformity can be hazardous to society. For instance, George, one of the main characters in “Harrison Bergeron” is watching ballerinas on television, he declares “they weren’t very good-no better than anybody else would have been” (Vonnegut 232). In this example of the hazards of conformity, the consequence is the loss of individuality. Since this society is entirely equal, there is nobody who is better than one another, which makes art as well as many other aspects of life, unenjoyable ; nobody is allowed to be who they are. But the human experience involves finding and accepting the true person that one is. By conforming to be entirely equal, the human experience is deteriorating. If the human experience is deteriorating, then what will be the reason for humans to even exist? Another hazard of self-imposed equality is that society can no longer advance because in an entirely equal society, everyone must also think at the same level. This is