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I used Kurt Vonneguts Harrison Bergeron and Etheridge Knights Hard Rock to exemplify how society standardizes all cultures to fit what just the majority deems acceptable and the price that is payed when people stand up for their individuality Two other essays are cited as support Obey Law whether divine law or governmental is needed in human society if order and structure are to be kept In democratic America the majority rules Therefore it has the power to standardize any belief Those in the minority often slowly convert to the majoritys opinion because refusal can mean punishment or death For some that is not a large price to pay in exchange for personal freedom But some refuse to make that exchange so they rebel and occasionally the beliefs of these rebellious individuals are recognized as right and become accepted These then become the people we celebrate historically because of their courage But more commonly they are considered dangerous to society and are disposed of Etheridge Knights poem Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane and Kurt Vonneguts short story Harrison Bergeron exemplify the extent of punishment when individuals stand up and declare their freedom It is hard enough for a government to maintain control over all when it is right but when it is wrong it usually has to resort to brute force to quell rebellion Etheridge Knight exemplifies this in his poem Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane Hard Rock is a black inmate in a racist and brutal prison Before he was taken away he had had to battle daily against the prison guards as well as his fellow Wallace 2 inmates and he had the scars to prove it Knight 1 Hard Rock never allowed anyone but himself to control his life and refused to accept the corrupt structure and regulations of his communityNimroy Therefore he had become a
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