The Veldt

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Pre-AP English II Summer Reading Assignment
Mikell Sherman

The Veldt
Protagonist: The Nursery; a 40x40ft. room which can take someone anywhere their mind desires. Regardless to their commands, the nursery has begun showing George and Lydia Hadley images of Africa whenever they enter the room.

Main Characters: George Hadley; married to Lydia, father of Wendy and Peter. George purchased a high-tech house for his family, only to regret the decision when it began to pull them apart and ruin his relationship with his children.

Lydia Hadley: Wife and mother. Became afraid when she realized her children were replacing her with the nursery.
Wendy and Peter Hadley: Children of George and Lydia. After their father purchased the nursery, the children began spending more and more time in the room, until they lost distinction between the room’s wonders, and reality itself.

David McClean: Psychiatrist, hired by George and Lydia to assist them in breaking the children of the Nursery.

Point of view: Third Person

Setting: Undefined time in the far future, probably taking place in America, as the parents refused to allow their children to go to New York

Descriptive Adjectives; Solemn, Intense, Heavy, Thought-Invoking, Sickening

Example of Irony: The home which George bought to please his family causes his own children to kill him in the end. Theme Statement: Sometimes trying to please those around us can lead to our own downfall.

Statement of the authors purpose: Bradbury is criticizing our growing reliance on technology, implying that technology shall eventually perform all of our daily tasks for us, from tying our shoes to caring for our children.

Most Memorable Quote: “The more I see of the mess we’ve put ourselves in, the more it sickens me. We’ve been contemplating our mechanical, electronic navels for too long” Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated man: The Veldt. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1967

Plot Summary: After purchasing an electronic marvel of a house of a family, as well as a Nursery, an electronic room which allows you to experience your wildest fantasies. One day George’s wife, Lydia, calls him into the nursery, claiming she had heard a scream just minutes before. The room had been configured into an African Veldt, and lions were in the distance, leaving behind a pile of unidentifiable bones. Lydia was worried about what the children had been viewing, and George comforts her, insisting that it would be only a short lived phase. Despite Georges statement, however, the room is continuously converted into the veldt by the children, finally forcing George to turn it off. In the middle of the night, the room is turned back on, and found the next morning as the African veldt again. George calls David McClean, a psychiatrist, to investigate the room. McClean tells him to shut the room off again, and make sure it stays off, promising that within a year the children would again be well behaved. When the children see their father turn the room off, they throw a fit, and even Lydia does not fully understand George’s actions at first. The next morning, the children call for George and Lydia’s help from the nursery, and the two parents rush to their aid, however upon arrival, they find only lions, and an untimely fate.

The Other Foot

Protagonist: Unnamed White Man, comes from Earth in a spaceship and tells the civilization on Mars of the happenings which occurred since they left.

Main Characters: Hattie, wife of Willie, calm in a state of confusion and rash decision making. One of the few that thinks intelligently when the spaceship comes to Mars
Willie, fueled by a hatred carried over from the Martians time on earth, successfully starts a lynching mob against the white man.

Point of View: 3rd Person

Setting: Martian Community, sometime in the future, in a reality where civil rights were never validated.

Descriptive Adjectives: Vehement, Rabid, Zealous

Examples of Irony: The lynching...
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