Ray Bradbury 's The Veldt

1180 Words May 5th, 2015 5 Pages
The 1950s is when technology started its raise to power, making its way into our homes. Now a day, something new and improved comes out in the tech market. Post World War II writer, Ray Bradbury creates the worlds of “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt”, in which he shows the idea of technology having so much power can be unsettling. In “There Will Come Soft Rains” one house remains after a nuclear holocaust, and it tries to maintain itself, but inevitably is destroyed. “The Veldt” takes place in a 1950s futuristic home, in which husband and wife, George and Lydia, try to save their children from a robotic nursery, but end up killed by it, thereby losing their kids. Not only does technology destroys the connection between parent and child in “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” it also destroy itself which Bradbury develops through Personification, characterization, and symbolism.
In both stories Bradbury illustrates how the parents are willing to give up control of their children to technology, so that they can focus on their private affairs. In “There Will Come Soft Rains,” the house sees that it is raining outside and plays a jingle, “Rain, rain go away; rubber, raincoats for today,” which shows a sense of parenting within the house (“There” 1). For the house to be personified as a good parent, it needs “an emotional life of sort,” and Bradbury gives that “by giving it a maternal voice”(Everman 1). Even though the house has no one to take care of, it…
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