The Veldt By Ray Bradbury Summary

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In the short story “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, it reveals that revenge often takes place as a result of lack of strong connections between people. Bradbury’s characterization of the kids helps the reader understand this concept. Early in the story the characterization of the father leads the reader to conclude that strong family connections were lost. Therefore the family was not able to be close or even have mutual feelings towards one another. When the mom was talking about how much she no longer mattered to the kids the reader is able to understand the lost of connection. She explains, “I feel like I don’t belong here. The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid.” (3) The authors characterization of the mother shows that the parents were no longer needed. They are not the the ones looking after their own kids, rather it is the house doing so. The mother is not the one cooking and providing for her kids, rather again the house is doing so. This allows the reader to comprehend that the house is achieving what a regular parent could do. Therefore parents no longer matter to the kids. Their only job of raising the kids is now taken by the house. As a result the family connections are lost and now the kids are connected to the house. To further show this concept, also one page 3 while the parents were having dinner they talked to the house, the Dad said, “We forgot the ketchup,” he said. “Sorry,” said a small voice within the table, and ketchup appeared.” This is a small

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