The Side Effects of Technology on Children

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Renowned German scientist Albert Einstein once said “it has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” (“Albert Einstein”). As portrayed in “The Veldt” Ray Bradbury’s thoughts on technology resemble Einstein’s. Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois and died on June 5, 2012. At the time when “The Veldt” was written, many American families purchased television sets, which inspired this story. Concerned with the increasing popularity of television and its possible negative effects during the time, Bradbury wrote “The Veldt”. In this short story, two children become attached to their high-tech nursery and value it more than their own parents. In the review titled “Overview: ‘The Veldt’” mentions that “this fear [of television] is directly reflected in ‘The Veldt,’ but in the story, Bradbury heightens the odds by creating a machine that not only allows children to detach emotionally from their parents, but one that can also physically destroy the parents, as well” (“Overview”). The family in the story lives in a high tech home with a nursery that can transform into any setting the two children imagine. George and Lydia believe the children created a scene they should not have, the African Veldt, resulting in the parents shutting it down. The children become infuriated with their parents and end up killing them with lions in the nursery. Ray Bradbury develops his theme that excessive technology corrupts children in his short story “The Veldt” through the use of setting, characterization, and foreshadowing. To begin with, the setting of the short story “The Veldt” takes place in a Happylife home, a home that does everything for the Hadley family. This causes the kids to feel that they ... ... middle of paper ... ...ldt." Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition (2004): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. Bradbury, Ray. "The Veldt." 1950. The World the Children Made. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. ahschool.com. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. file.cfm?resourceid=6066&filename=bradbury%5Fveldt%2Epdf>. Caldwell, Tracy M. "The Negative Effects Of Parent And Child Conflict." Literary Theme: The Negative Effects Of Parent & Child Conflict (2006): 1-5. Literary Reference Center. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. Hart, Joyce. "Critical Essay on 'The Veldt.'" Short Stories for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 20. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resource Center. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. "Overview: 'The Veldt.'" Short Stories for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 20. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resource Center. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

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