What point of view is used in "The Veldt" and why is this point of view appropriate for the story?

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In yet another masterful short story, Raymond Bradbury presents us with a world where entertainment has literally become too life-like, and a world where children can become dangerously independent on such forms of entertainment with tragic consequences. This story is told using the omniscient point of view as a god-like narrator is free to tell us what happens from no one particular character's perspective. This means we as readers form the audience for this shocking story as the children of the Hadleys get their grim revenge on their parents for depriving them of their entertainment. This is an appropriate point of view because in a sense, this story is all about the audience and entertainment - Bradbury invites us to consider that role and the dangers of entertainment by inviting us to be the audience, looking in on the action with the narrator. The narration also allows certain facts to be concealed from us until the end - when we realise how the children have planned their parent's death.

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