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Natalie Gonzalez
Y. Garza
English II-7
November 20, 2014
Equality
The Deceleration of Independence states were all equal and should be treated equal. In
my opinion being equal should mean that only our actions should be punished the same as others
would be. Our men and women fight for our freedom here in the United States. The freedom we
have is amazing and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The government should also know their
boundaries as far as being equal is concerned. Taking the word and turning it into something
literal should not be happening and it isn’t here in America. In all three of the paragraphs you
will see the way the government interprets equality.
In the Anthem the government showed how much empowerment and influence they had
on the people. They brainwashed them into believing that they had no independence. Equality
quickly learns it’s forbidden to show or even have independence as long as the government had
control. In Anthem the government shows being equal is how life should always be and how it’s
always been. The most important thing to do is stay just like everybody else if you want to
continue to live. “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them
down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to
no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think
alone.” (pg. 1) Equality knows the feeling of being independent is a sin and is forbidden but he
continues doing it. Being a part of one whole shows that no single man is greater than others,
meaning being yourself is a bad thing.

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In Harrison Bergeron everyone who was “different” wore handicaps. It showed some
were stronger, prettier, and more athletic, mentally and physically better than others. The
government viewed this as a transgression which placed them into handicaps. The officials
viewed this as controlled and without them they were a threat to society. Being said, Harrison
had a different view on equality; his view was it was okay to be different. The handicaps are
what really led him to become strong and grow in intelligence. The government had changed
many rules throughout all the years and viewed equality very insensitively. “All this equality was
due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution.” (pg. 1) Harrison tried
making it clear to others that being equal doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be exact. The
government was masking out individuality making them feel the literal meaning of the word.
In the Deceleration of Independence they focus on being equal as a nation. The nation as
a whole should be equal not by the way we act but more so by following our rules. As long as we
follow the same rules in the same country we are equivalent. They meant for every man and
women to be their own person and be treated as their own person, not like a group. “We hold
these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness.” (D.o.I). Our government focuses mainly on showing the people we can be free and
still be as identical as everyone else. As much as our veterans fight for our freedom we deserve
to have it. We deserve to be treated fairly and not be told what to wear, say, do, and who we
should be like. Equality is meant to show how we’re our own person and just as equal as anyone
else.
All three of the stories show a different way of equality. The government misunderstands
what “equality” really means. They all have the same outline which is the definition they

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understood. Equality was meant to symbolize all the things we have. Many think it’s acting the
same but it isn’t. We should know equality can be a good thing by showing how we can be equal
in our own way.

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