Critical Analysis of “The Veldt





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Critical Analysis of “The Veldt”

The short story the “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury is a good point illumination of the modern society full of advanced technology and its effects on human nature. Considering the plot and ideas portrayed throughout the short story, Bradbury seems not to be much appeased by the modernized way of living as expressed through Hadley’s family life. The author’s focus regarding the story’s content is showing how parents have failed in their responsibility of showing love to their children, having time for the family as well as developing humane cognitive in the little soul’s minds. Instead, they have adopted the technological advancements where children are provided with all sorts of entertainment equipment and pampered with digital livelihood where they do not have time to interact with their parents as well as associating with other members of the community. In this paper, the short story “The Veldt” is analyzed to a profound extent in consideration of the deleterious impacts of technology to social life in the household and community in general.

Hadley’s family composed of George and his wife Lydia together with their two children Peter and Wendy represents a digital family during the era of publication. They live a super life where everything is automatized when it comes to eating, clothing and even sleeping (Bradbury, page 2). There is no room for the household carrying out the everyday daily chores in the house such as cooking as this could be done automatically and their remains just to stay, eat and relax throughout their life. The author states that the family lived in a Happy Life Home worth thirty thousand dollars which could fulfill all their everyday needs. The home has an outlook of a paradise where the family does not have to do anything, but it is against the psychologists’ advice who suggests that this is not as delightful as it seems to be. It is right to have pleasant and comfortable houses but essential not allowing the technology and digital way of living replace humanity significantly taking away all the responsibility as well as respect for the family members.

Taking a look at the mechanized nursery, it is described as an automotive or any other machine explicitly designed to help in bringing up the children. It depicts that even the parents’ fundamental role of rearing children have been overtaken by the technology making the young people not develop the sense of belonging when it comes to family issues. In this case, Wendy and Peter spend a good time of their lives in the well-designed nursery at their tender age developing no affection with their parents as well as the human sense. Instead of growing upright morally in their social life and the world’s reality scenarios, they develop in the technological world ending up having no empathy and awareness of the essential social life elements. The author’s act of telling the exact value of the nursery to be half the price of the Happy Life Home which adds up to fifteen dollars postulates the extent to which George and his wife have spoiled their children.

The expectations of how a nursery should look like and the instinct it instigates to children are entirely contradictory to the frightening veldt presented in Bradbury’s short story. The veldt seems to be real to a greater extent that it is stimulating and postulating emotions more than the actual reality. It is surprising that Wendy and Peter have become addicted to technology to the extent that they think different from the typical reasoning of a healthy child. For instance, their action of building an instinctive scene of an African veldt does not correlate to the cartoonish scenarios that the ordinary children seem to enjoy. The technology is sharpening, and it significantly enhances high thinking capacity but in a negative way that appears to be inhumane, immoral and brutal. According to the author, the nursery represents the logical extension lead of television in the modern society (Gale, page 14). The fact that the nursery is too little real instigates the fiction and drama in the theatre and movies representing the highly enraged mass entertainment today. The nursery scenario of being too real frightens Lydia as depicted by her action of telling George not to allow their children learn more about Africa and the place be closed to prevent further moral distortion.

It is disgusting to learn that both George and Lydia Hadley’s happiness has been taken away by their wealthy status as well as the technology-based lifestyle. They are not happy because they do not have any work to do which is contrary to the typical situation where people’s happiness is taken away by the tiresome hours of working with fewer rewards. It is precisely shown by the act of Lydia telling her husband that her current state of anxiety and unawareness can be as a result of little work to do thus end up overthinking. The Happy Life Home has taken away all their responsibilities in the homemaking them feel not worth as well as instigating a sense of no purpose in the family. Lydia desires her role of performing the daily chores such as cleaning, cooking, and planning of how the entire family will spend their days together having fun in the right way different from the super high way of living. She deserves more being a mother than just staying in the technical house reluctantly as the children spend all their time at the nursery creating terrifying scenes. To regain the ordinary intensity of parenthood in the home, both Gorge and Lydia have to go back to the cultural roots where they have to do the typical duties and work like ordinary people.

Later on, George realizes that the nursery is excessively dangerous and threatening to their children’s growth and development as it grants them a lot of power on their hands that responsibility. The veldt acts an excellent example of how children’s evil thoughts. For an instant, they keep wishing for death while they are not informed about the possible consequences of such a scenario. The act of Wendy and Peter getting exposed to death thoughts as they play in the veldt can instigate violence in their actual way of living, and they might not end up living peacefully with other people in the community. The sudden transmission to African from Aladdin signifies their transition from the innocence to unethical life where they do not respect their parents and also develop inhumane values (Eller, page 7).

The author suggests that technology at the results of family breakup and a hindrance towards happiness. There exist a big gap between the parents and children in the Hadley family where both parties live and do things in their ways. The children spend their time in the nursery planning on the African veldt scenes while the parents stay in the automated house where they do not have satisfaction. The technology developed hatred between the parents and children where both parties have different views regarding the closing of the nursery and vacation of the automated house. Wendy and Peter have no respect for their parents a thing that makes Lydia and George feel degraded and have failed in performing their responsibility. The act of Peter looking down at his feet while talking to George signifies that their parents have not taught the children association skills. His reaction to acting furiously and going against George’s decisions depicts immorality and power of ruling over their parents. The psychologists invited to investigate the nursery says that it is hazardous to the children’s development and immediate closure would be the best option. This shows that George and Lydia are ignorant as they rush for a hyper life of bringing up their children without consulting the effects it can have on their growth.

As discussed above, Bradbury has efficiently depicted the devastating effects of technology in the society and significantly at the family level. It is right to adopt new technology at home but in the proper dimension that will not ruin the healthy relationship among the members or lead to degradation of children’s moral behaviors. Parents have to take wholly their responsibility of bringing up the children and avoid scenarios that the young people have weak social foundation or cannot work. For instance, Peter claims that the most prominent thing he could do is seeing, smelling and hearing. This is as a result of the way George and Lydia have brought their children up. Therefore, it is recommended for people first to consider the effects of every action they take when it comes to adopting advanced technology.


Bradbury, Ray. The veldt. Dramatic Publishing, 1972.

Eller, Jonathan R., and William F. Touponce. Ray Bradbury: the life of fiction. Kent State University Press, 2004.

Gale, Cengage Learning. A Study Guide for Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.