Theme Connection Activity
By: Annie Dodd and Cole Sorrels
"Everyone can finally be equal..."
Radioactivity in Society
Just like in Harrison Bergeron, revolts against governments happen within societies in our world today. In the story of Harrison Bergeron, handicaps are given to the people within their society to make people equal, and so that their people are sustained and contained. In our world today, devises like handicaps don't exist yet and people do have the ability to revolt within their country. For example, a similar rebellion is currently going on in Egypt. Unstable governments, suppression to the people, and weak economies are factors that lead to these revolts. As people all over the globe, Harrison Bergeron, the ballerina in Harrison Bergeron, and the narrator in the song Radioactive rebel, they all want to start anew in their worlds and societies. Themes of challenging authority and hope are very apparent in all of these stories. Whether it's a song, a short-story, or a real life news article, they can all connect with a similar message they are trying to convey: people should ban together and revolt to correct their society if too much suppression is present.
Guy Montag, just like the narrator in Radioactive, the protesters in Egypt, and Harrison Bergeron, wants to rebel and rebuild his society which has become so barren of fresh ideas or people's ability to think for themselves. "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal . . . A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind" (Bradbury 55) This quote directs completely to the society in Harrison Bergeron, in the way that it handicaps its citizens, so that everyone is truly equal and is unable to question authority. "'No,' said Montag. 'My wife's dying. A friend of mine's already dead'" (77). This passage relates to the song, Radioactive, because much like the nararrator in the song, Montag realizes that society is completely "dead" and without any feelings. This results in a rebellion in all stories, which parallels the protests in Egypt.