Comparing 'Harrison Bergeron And By The Waters Of Babylon'

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Technology has been around as long as people have and has been advancing ever since. It is the reason that we have access to the miraculous tools that we do today. From the forks that we eat our supper with to the cars that get us from place to place technology is everywhere. However, with technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it could pose a threat to our future society. In the short stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet, the authors describe how bleak society could become if we do not take precautions when using technology. The main concern for the characters in “Harrison Bergeron” is equality. It is the handicapper general’s job to manipulate everyone so no man is stronger…show more content…
Vonnegut explains in his story that when misused, technology will take away who people really are. The narrator explains that since George is above average in intelligence the government has forced to wear “a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.” (38). While Benet explains that when technology is used too quickly without learning about the possible outcome it could lead to utter destruction. Also it can be sublime and could lead to astounding discoveries, yet too many quick technology advancements are not always good. The narrator in “By the Waters of Babylon” describes the roads in the Place of the Gods as “most are cracked and broken” (316) and the he explains “Everywhere there are ruins of the high towers of the gods.” (316). This is Benet’s way of describing what the consequences could be if the government were to advance technology too quickly without considering the possible
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