Equality

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When people think of a perfect society, reasonable equality would probably come to mind. However, can the concept of equality go too far? This was the case, as far as the societies go in The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas and Harrison Bergeron. These societies have gone too far to reach total equality. Each over-exaggerates the concept, The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas offers a more enticing community, and the overall image of a complete utopia is somewhat unreachable.

Both societies in the stories over-exaggerate the concept of having total equality, especially Harrison Bergeron. The fact that the government has to step in and virtually reprogram every human being seems a bit ridiculous, especially as far as trying to simplify equality. While it seemed like an idea that would sensibly work, it is a completely flawed system. People that were born naturally smart would become intellectually disabled, and those that were born not as smart became more advanced to the point where every human was the same. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas did not go into as much dialogue as Harrison Bergeron did, but the concept of total equality was more present. The people seemed to be a bit more sane, as compared to others being mindlessly brainwashed. The world seemed to be in a bit more harmony, too, not going into great detail about the current position of the world as a result of equality.

Although both communities in the stories have unusual societies, the community from The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is more enticing. In the Harrison Bergeron society, everyone is being physically and mentally affected by the government, that planted handicapping devices on them. They could be given headaches, blurred vision, or impaired judgement. In The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, the only thing wrong with their society is that there is one little boy that is required to be sheltered away from everyone else, only getting food and water once a day and having no...
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