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Out of the many dynamics in Ray Bradburys The Veldt, the most interesting are the characters and their relations to each other

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Rachel Gao Ms. Elizabeth Conway ENG1D7-2B Friday, March 26, 2010 Lions and Liars and Lairs ? Oh My! Out of the many dynamics in Ray Bradbury?s ?The Veldt?, the most interesting are the characters and their relations to each other. The author challenges this by emphasizing the tense, difficult relationship between the Hadley?s and their children. This is done through the apparent hostility and boldness from the children to the parents, especially in instances where the children did not get what they wanted. Also, the story disengages George and Lydia Hadley, the parents, from their children, by accentuating the overuse of technology and how it is raising the children. This point is further supported by dialogue, atmosphere and several examples of imagery which illustrate the tension between the two roles of the story. Through these reasons, the author demonstrates the austere relationship between the Hadley?s and the children. From the beginning of the story, it is evident that the author created the adverse Peter and Wendy to combat the authoritative George and Lydia Hadley, especially to accentuate their cold relationship. ...read more.


And Wendy too. They live for the nursery.?? (Bradbury, 104) The young Peter and Wendy feel hatred, coldness and misunderstanding regarding their parents, thus one of the reasons for their unpleasant relationship. More obvious examples of suspense, imagery and dialogue enhance the content of the story. Consistent suspense implies the tension in the relationship, in how friction in the plot exists with friction between characters. This can be highlighted when the author foreshadows the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Hadley: the familiar screams, the old wallet and scarf, all belonging to the Hadley?s, were found in the veldt. ?Mr. and Mrs. Hadley screamed. And suddenly they realized why those other screams had sounded familiar.? (Bradbury, 114) Imagery is effectively used by the author when he vividly describes the African veldt land by referring to sight, smell and touch: ??the yellows of lions and summer grass, and the sounds of the matted lion lungs exhaling on the silent noontide, and the smell of meat from the panting, dripping mouths.? (Bradbury, 103) By so explicitly describing the dangerous, somber veldt, instances of tension are created. ...read more.


?They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were the offspring. They?re spoiled and we?re spoiled.? (Bradbury, 108) Lastly, Bradbury insinuates that the Hadley?s accessibility to technology is surely convenient, yet can take advantage of them as effectively. ??Why, they?ve looked it from the outside! Peter!? He beat at the door. ?Open up!? He heard Peter?s voice outside, against the door. ?Don?t let them switch off the nursery and the house,? he was saying. (Bradbury, 114) If the nursery?s ?affection? can be switched on and off at will, the children learn to do so as well, in due course ending with a devious plot of the Hadley?s demise. In conclusion, Ray Bradbury?s ?The Veldt? personifies the theme of not being overwhelmed by technology and strongly advocates through this theme, how it affects relationships. It is no wonder how the author captures the childish voice of the children, and the ignorant, unknowing persona of the parents. Through powerful character sketches of Peter and Wendy, literary devices, and the downfall of a machine-based lifestyle, this short story comes to life with a roar. ...read more.

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