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In the two stories The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut one of the major themes is the equality of individuals in society In each of the stories both of the main characters are faced with the challenge to prove their equality The equality of individuals in society is based upon superficial expectations which violate the person on display and forces him or her to conform In society today every person has superficial expectations placed upon him or her Power appearance and wealth are the factors that contribute to acceptance In the story The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings the old man is an angel but the people in the town do not accept him because he is not glowing and heavenly People come from all over and abruptly judge the angel on looks alone without ever speaking to him The people see only his age and the condition of his feathers disregarding his inner qualities Wealth and power in our society are expected to be accepted Wealth whether it is self made or inherited gives the person a certain aura that he or she is now superior to all those who do not have as much money as he or she People with wealth usually have power of some kind also Whether it is being CEO of a big corporation or someone who runs his or her own successful small business they still have the notion that they are powerful In the story Harrison Bergeron the son escapes to help stop the equalization of the individuals in his community and the Handicapper General kills him The Handicapper General is powerful and will not receive penalization for her actions She has the assumption that she has made the people of her society what they are so she can do to them as she pleases In society people who have wealth and power deem
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