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Discuss the generation gap in Bradbury's "The Veldt."

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In "The Veldt ," the parents, George and Lydia Hadley, do not understand the impact of the technology they have purchased. Their children are fully immersed in using the technology in their HappyLife Home, which allows them to project all their fantasies and desires onto the walls of the nursery. The parents are naive about the effects of this new technology on their children. They purchase the special home so that they can be free from the drudgery of cooking, washing, and entertaining for their children. However, they do not understand that children brought up in this environment will not appreciate their parents; in fact, their...

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1. In a bizarre twist the parents have become more reliant on the house for support, and have provided the children with the authority stemming from their influence over the events in the nursery.

2. The nature of children is to learn by example.  They are simply shown by their parents to rely on the house because of its capabilities, and have instead turned to the nursery because it has helped their minds to grow.  Their parents have become failures as examples.

3. The influence of technology on people today is as it has always been.  Nurture technology so that humans have less to do, and in turn to be responsible for.  However, if we are to learn anything by example, it would be that technology is becoming "smarter" and we should concern ourselves with keep a close watch on what we "wish for".

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1) The children seem disintrested with their parent's authority. Lying, coming home whenever they want, telling their parents what to do "I don't think you should consider it any more, father." etc. In this story the children have a sense of authority that should belong to the parents normally.

2) The nature of the children would come a lot from their attitudes towards their parents as well as their wanting to only "look, listen, and smell." Their imaginations and development has been trapped by the sights, souds, and smells, of the virtual reality in the nursery. They have become dead in terms of creativity.

3) This one I'm going to have to leave up to you. It is supposed to be your specific opinion on what is the influence of technology on people today. Shouldn't be too hard. Think of cell phones, microwaves, and the internet.

This should get you started at least.

Best of luck!