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Technology and Family Issues in "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury

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“When I punished him for a month ago by locking the nursery for even a few hours—the tantrum he threw!” (Bradbury). This line of the story explains the wanting of the family’s children back against technology. It also shows that the technology is winning because of the desire to keep playing in the nursery. “The Veldt” is a short story written by Ray Bradbury who was born on August 22, 1920 and passed away on June 5, 2012. He was very interested in the science fiction genre and Edgar Allan Poe (Kattelman). Kattelman states that Bradbury, “as a young child was influenced by Poe” (Kattelman).
This liking of the science fiction genre is shown in “The Veldt” by showing a futuristic time where a house can do anything a man can do and even better. There is technology called the nursery which can take the children anywhere they want. The children like the nursery more than their own parents because it can do more than what the parents can do. Throughout the story, the parents try to please their children but fail miserably. They try turning off the nursery and go on vacation. The children realize their tricks and eventually kill their own parents. This insanity in the story is similar to what Poe would write about. He wrote things such as writing about a man who sleeps with his dead wife’s coffin and a raven that chants “nevermore” and drives the narrator insane. The central idea is the man such as the parents, Lydia and George Hadley, versus the technology such as the nursery constantly fighting each other. In the end, technology wins because the parents are brutally murdered. Ray Bradbury develops the theme of man versus technology in the short story “The Veldt” by using characterization, setting, and symbolism.
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