The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

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Were there lions in the room? Ray Bradbury was raised in a small town in Illinois. He gets the setting for many of his stories from Green Town. When Bradbury was young, he spent time listening to the radio and going to the library. He received inspiration from a magician, “Mr. Electrico.” Bradbury wrote many science fiction books and short stories. Some of his most famous works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way, and more. “The Veldt” is about a family who lives in a technological house. The parents, George and Lydia Hadley, bought the house because they wanted the best for their children, Wendy and Peter. The house does all of the normal activities people do for themselves, such as tying their shoes …show more content…
This shows the realistic part of the nursery. It was real for the reader as well as the characters in the story. Imagery also shows the family situation at home. George and Lydia only want the best for their children, however sometimes they give in too much. “‘That sounds dreadful...And brush my own teeth and comb my hair and give myself a bath?’” (Bradbury). Peter was afraid that he would actually have to do work. This describes how spoiled they are at home. “Moreover, his description of the veldt also conveys an atmosphere of menace and hostility mirroring the psychological state of the Hadley family” (Bernardo). This shows how the family has trouble getting along with each other because of the hostility caused by the veldt. Lastly, it portrays the dreamlike quality of the house. They describe the room as being easy to dream. “How often had he seen Pegasus flying in the sky ceiling, or seen fountains of red fireworks, or heard angel voices singing” (Bradbury). This also shows that the children enjoy going into the nursery to dream very often. “Hence, the story has an air of unreality about it as if it were simply a child’s daydream of a world in which children have the power and competence given to adults and adults have the helplessness of children” (Bernardo). The nursery depicts a dreamlike quality and it gives the children the freedom to live in a world they would imagine. Imagery helps move the plot further along in the story. The
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