How is our understanding of "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury shaped by the characters?
The atmosphere, or emotional tone, of Ray Bradbury's story is created through through the use of sensory descriptive words and the dialogue of the characters. Lydia's initial conversation with her husband immediately conveys the ambience of anxiety and dread as she asks him to look at the nursery. When they enter the virtual reality room, George comments,
"Let's get out of this sun...This is a little too real. But I don't see anything wrong."
Still, when the sinister vultures fly over them, Lydia comments, "Filthy creatures." She also notes that the lions have just finished eating something. When George reassures her it was a zebra or giraffe, Lydia asks him, "Are you sure?" This doubt and anxiety of Lydia clearly prefigure what is to happen to them.
Lydia's alarm is increased with the sound of a scream that she asks her husband if he has heard. Then she yells, "Watch out!" as the lions charge them; they bolt from the room.
Outside, in the hall, with the door slammed, he was laughing and she was crying, and they both stood appalled at the other's reaction.
This passage creates equivocation. Is Lydia merely being too emotional--perhaps, even hysterical; or, is George merely rationalizing and being obtuse? At any rate, the reader is somewhat disarmed as to the verity of what is happening in the veldt created by the rosy-cheeked Wendy and Peter.
However, as the narrative progresses, Lydia's concern that the house is regulating their lives becomes more and more apparent. After discussing...
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