Harrison Bergeron: A Utopian Society

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Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and The Giver by Lois Lowry are about communities that are trying to reach total perfection. A Utopia is place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions. Using this definition the communities in Harrison Bergeron and in The Giver are not Utopian societies. The many flaws range from problems in the government to the bad social conditions. The Giver is a utopian society, a perfect world as envisioned by its creators. It has eliminated fear, pain, hunger, illness, conflict, and hatred—all things that most people would like to eliminate in their own society. But in order to maintain the peace and order of their society, the citizens of the community in The Giver have to submit to strict rules governing their behavior, their relationships, and even their language. For example Jonas says “He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.” But in reality these changes to the society turned into a dystopian society. One reason their society is a dystopia is they are never connected with anyone around them. They are placed in a…show more content…
Since everything is done according to the elders there is no way you can make a mistake in the community, so no discoveries are being made either. In Harrison Bergeron, the society is a distorted, dysfunctional dystopia. The people suffer greatly without knowing it because they cannot think for themselves. Society has gone wrong because advancements cannot be made, hope of a new ruler coming to set thing straight is gone, and the government lowers the standards to make everybody equal. Society becoming dystopia is an important subject because it is the one thing that people want to prevent from

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