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“Harrison Bergeron” and “Pay Gap Holds Us All Back” explore how freedom is restricted through forcing populations into specific societal expectations. In “Harrison Bergeron”, people are forced into sameness, so that “nobody was [better] than anybody else.” (Vonnegut, 1) Individuality is taken away in order to control people. This equality of people’s capability removes failure, but in turn, it removes success. In this dystopian world, people cannot thrive in their society or in their personal lives. In Pay Gap Holds Us All Back, Sandberg explains how we “would be more successful“, but “The pay gap holds us back” (Sandberg, 1). Similar to Vonnegut’s dystopia, today’s society is oppressing people. Women aren’t allowed to thrive in the economy because they are put in a box. Vonnegut and Sandberg demonstrate the pressure society put on groups of people to be, act, look a certain way, and how it causes oppression.