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"Harrison Bergeron"(1961) and "The Lottery"(1948) are two short stories with very different plots, characters and themes. Although they are very different, they have very similar underlying details that show that the stories themes, as well as the authors’ thoughts, share very similar traits. The authors of both of these short stories had relatively similar thoughts in regards to how they wanted to show the dangers of a society acting the same and blindly following tradition and what everybody else is doing, to do this they both created short stories that could be considered dark while also having satirical elements. The themes in both short stories have very similar details while still being very different. The theme in Harrison Bergeronis to show the readers the dangers of full equality in society by creating a story about how people have to be restricted to an extent that they aren’t even considered their own person. These restrictions are put onto people to make them less able to do any action that would be considered unequal or different than everyone else, the dangers of this are seen when you take into account the fact that everyone is different and have different abilities. To be able to be completely equal in a society they would have to restrict the abilities of all citizens to the extent that they become unrecognizable and instead of lifting people's uniqueness or abilities to be better as well as different they instead construct others and bring them down. The author decides to show an alternate view on how complete equality can be dangerous to a society, this can be seen many times throughout the short story, for example having Harrison Bergeron in so many restrictions as well as Harrison being described as a strong character who decided to fight against the government and the control he was in which in turn ends up with him being dead. Another example from the story that shows the dangers of having a completely equal society is the civilians deciding to ignore the negative aspects of
having the restrictions weighing on them. The author decided to take a satirical route in this story by bringing in ideas of a utopian society in futuristic America and exaggerated what the future could potentially look like in a completely egalitarian society. The theme in the second short story which is called "The Lottery"