Examples Of Foreshadowing In The Veldt By Ray Bradbury

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People have been taught their whole life that their actions come with consequences. Throughout life, people are constantly faced with situations that require them to choose what path to go down. Choosing a path is also choosing an affect that comes with it. In the short story, “The Veldt”, the author, Ray Bradbury, put this life lesson into action. Bradbury shows that an initial choice of purchasing something that at the time that had great value, ended up ruining something that meant so much more. Throughout the story, we learn that the home that the family purchased “so they would not have to do anything” and the building of the nursery for the children, become so valued that the true meaning of family is lost. In this story, the author uses foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism, to convey the message that there are grave consequences of valuing material possessions over a family unit.
In the beginning of the story, Bradbury uses foreshadowing in the exchange between the husband and wife where the wife asks the husband to look at the nursery. The wife states, “I just want you to look at it, is all, or call a psychologist to look at it.” It is from this passage that you realize something has changed in the household that the family may need outside help to resolve it. Ray Bradbury also uses foreshadowing in the constant screams coming from the nursery to emphasize that there is a consequences that comes with over valuing material possessions. The family’s lifestyle is based around the house and the nursery and when the parents begin so see it as a negative thing, it starts to impact the family. The children believe its okay to disobey their parents and not respect what they have to say. The author also quotes “blood and death in the nursery”, this hints that the situation in the nursery is going to get out of control and eventually lead to an extreme case, being death. The author also uses “chewed wallets” and shows that because the material possessions meant so much to them they began to value them more then each other. The wallet represents all the costs that came with building the room and the fact that they were chewed shows how it negatively impacted the family. Because of the parent’s idea to
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