2081 Charter of Rights and Freedoms
In the story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, there are numerous of tragic things that happened in this story, the most significant must be Harrison Bergeron’s parents could not remember their son, even when their son died on the television, they could only forget that sad thing like they did a lot before. Based on the story, the charter highlights some new amendments. From the story, people has the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression must be the most important thing, because the leader always wants to put restrictions on citizens in order to maintain order. It seems like the leader of Handicap General wants to help everyone to be equal, but actually, her only thought is to control all the people, and compel them do not have abilities to revolt the government, to against the power which let them handicap. This autocratic decision really leads to a decline of society and the city or a country fills with tragedies. In this world, personal uniques help the society progress, so it needs everyone to show their own features, not only how they look like, but also their individual opinions. So in that way, in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms 2081, one of them is talking about people can write down any of their opinions to government anytime. To prevent if the leader is a autocrat, the one thing the charter must have is citizens have right to vote for the leaders, members of the House of Common every year, and citizens have right to report any devious behaviors. The story said Harrison was taken away by H-G men, this also points out one serious problem that everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. That rule is also in the charter. In conclusion, the author used ironies, describe the sorrowful things happened in an unfortunate family. The terrible reality taught people who live in today’s society many lessons, let people think in deep, in variety ways, make everyone to do a little self-examinations, and this charter is an idea how to make the rights and freedoms better.