Getting Strict Parents Create Sneaky Children By Kurt Vonnegut Jr

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In today’s society, the phrase “strict parents create sneaky children” has become more and more popular. This idea of helicopter parenting is a problem in society, but also in jobs or any position where there is a person in charge of others. Society is always looking for ways to have complete control over a situation, but many say that with helicopter parenting comes the idea of rebellious children. Although “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr is about a government being too strict and controlling, it is still a great example of strict overseers trying to have complete control creating a sneaky society. “Harrison Bergeron” proves that when a person is put under such strict guidelines, it is only a matter of time before a rebellion is created.
In this dystopian-styled story, the government wants all people to be equal by handicapping anyone with a gift or special ability – whether it be internal or external. George is one example who has to be handicapped by an ear-piece; ringing throughout the day – it prevents him from thinking too hard or for too long on anything, even while relaxing and watching TV at night. The ear piece symbolizes that even though it is meant to prevent society of thinking, George still has a few seconds to collect his thoughts and think clearly in between it ringing. As stated on page 193, “George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn’t be handicapped”, but his earpiece went off again and he forgot all about the idea

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