Today is a reading day for “By the Waters of Babylon” and “There Will Come Soft Rains.” These two texts are different than the text you read last night (“Harrison Burgeron”) because they are post-apocalyptic. These texts often point to a dystopic past, so we can find many of the dystopic elements in them, but they will not match the pattern the same way that “Harrison Burgeron” does.
In addition, you’ll note that in a short story, the writer has less space and time to develop the dystopia, so a lot of the societal elements will be implied or obliquely referenced. That approach asks more of us as readers (think “Hills Like White Elephants”).
Tomorrow we’ll discuss all three texts.
Also, a quick reminder that yesterday I re-posted all the journal interview documents, so if you need new copies, they’re available for you.