The Veldt

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  • Topic: Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man, The Ray Bradbury Theater
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  • Published : December 14, 2010
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Contextualization Raymond Douglas, known as Ray Bradbury is an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Bradbury was born in Illinois in 1920. He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1938 but he did not attend college. However, he thinks libraries are much more important than colleges and universities. Bradbury began to publish science fiction stories in fanzines in 1938. He became a full-time writer by the end of 1942. His first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival, was published in 1947. Many of Bradbury's works have been adapted into TV shows or films and he is particularly known for his novel Fahrenheit 451. The veldt was published originally as “The Word the Children Made” in The Saturday Evening post and later republished in “The illustrated man” in 1951. The rise in the popularity of T.V. had a direct influence on “The Veldt.” At the time the story was written, many American families were acquiring their first television sets, and no one was sure exactly how this new technology would impact the relationships among family members and this fear is reflected in “The Veldt”. Characters George Hadley: is the father of the family Hadley and also one of the protagonists of the story he can be considerate as a round character. At the beginning of the story we know he is in admiration whit all the things technology can do. He can’t imagine his life without the happy-life home. He seems to work a lot because he wants the best things for his kids however all during the story we will notice that his opinion about the technology will change. Lydia Hadley: Is his wife and she can also be considerate as a protagonist in this story. She is also well described we know her feelings thought the dialogs and we have a good idea of her personality and her values. The way she acts let us know she don’t fell comfortable whit all that technology. Wendy and Peter are Mr. and Mrs. Hadley kids and they are also the antagonist of the story. Bradbury will give us a physical description of the kids but they are less described than their parents, probably because they just appear at the middle of the story. They can both be considerate as flats characters even if Peter is more describe than Wendy. Peter really makes us understand that there is a conflict between the kids and the parents through the actions he makes and the things he said. David McClean: is the psychologist George Hadley will call. He is not a major character in the story and we can consider him also as a flat character. He will try to help Mr. and Mrs. Hadley to resolve the problem they have with their kids and the nursery. The nursery: I think the nursery is almost like a character. The nursery is probably more important for the kids than their own parents and they consider it like something alive. The nursery will act at the and against Mr. and Mrs. Hadley so it can be considerate also like an antagonist of the story. Summary This is the story of Lydia and George Hadley and their two kids, Wendy and Peter. They live in a Happy-life Home. The house does everything for the family. It dresses them, brushes their teeth and cooks the food. The house also contains a high-tech nursery. Is the heart of the house, a new technology that is able to read the mind of the person in the room and project it on to the walls. It feels real in almost every way, including smell and sound. One day George and Lydia realize that something is wrong with the nursery. It appears to be stuck in an African setting, whit lions hunting...
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