A revolt is when people stand up against the government or societal views to make a change. Revolutions have happened many times in the past, such as the American Revolution, where America broke away from Great Britain, the Days of Rage, where people protested the Vietnam War, and Nat Turner’s rebellion, a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831, and there are many modern ones here today, such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, the fight for LGBTQA+ rights, and protests for gender equality. People revolt for many reasons, but the overlying purpose of a rebellion is to gain individuals or groups of people equality or fair treatment. They revolt because it empowers them, they want to see a change, and because they feel treated unfairly.
The language used in W.E.Henley’s poem “Invictus” gives off a feeling of anger and malice, but also hope, showing one getting a sense of empowerment by revolting, like people fighting for the rights of LGBTQA+. “My head is bloody, but unbowed…beyond this place of wrath and tears…shall find me unafraid.” Saying that their heads are bloody, they’ve been beat down and put beneath everyone else for the longest time, but they aren’t bowed, shows that even now they are still here to fight for their rights to be who they are without having to worry about being ostracized or even killed for existing. So many who are anything outside of hetero-normativity get pushed around by others, giving them the need to push back, and get rights to equal those of cishet people. Many people show rebellion by doing peaceful protests and going to Pride Parades to show their love for each other and for themselves, trying to show others how they’re just normal people, wishing for the same rights as everyone else.
“In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.” This quote from the same poem by W.E.Henley gives context and speaks once again to the plight of LGBTQA+ rebels and their fight for equal rights. For so long, gay, trans, bi, intersex, and so many other people have lived in fear of those around them and have felt like they can’t be themselves in public, for they’d likely be killed. More recently, they’ve been able to be more of themselves in public, but more does not mean they are fully allowed to express themselves in society. Though they’ve had to deal with statistics such as 1 in every 12 trans people will be murdered and general violence towards LGBTQA+ people has risen dramatically since 2007, they still keep fighting for their future, willing to give themselves to the revolution to help future generations of LGBTQA+.
In the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. the tone is very drab, boring, then moves to excitement, so the reader can feel the energy from Harrison and the ballerina, rebelling against the governments rules of sameness and control. In the world today, we are not as controlled and regulated by the government as these characters, forcing everyone to wear handicaps so that “nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.” We are encouraged to be the same, boring people though, as proven by the recent election of Donald Trump and his choice of vice president, Mike Pence. They have endorsed conversion therapy, which is a way of “turning LGBTQA+ straight,” which is both ridiculous and barbaric, as many working as conversion therapists encourage suicide in patients because it’s “one less gay in the world,” trying to make everyone the same hetero-normative people LGBTQA+ citizens are fighting against. They are individuals being taught that being different and unique is bad, when it’s something that we should accept and treat normally and give people equal chances to live out their lives like everyone else.
Following past examples of revolts and revolutions, and more immediate, current ones, the main reasons people revolt is because it empowers them, they are oppressed by a majority of others, and it shows that they want to see/make a change to gain equal treatment, leaning away from the control of government, but also from the harsh, unethical standards forced upon minorities/oppressed people.