Identify all elements of the setting. Include quotations to support your response.

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In "The Veldt," Bradbury uses different elements of setting. First of all, he uses time to situate his story in the future. Although Bradbury does not reveal a specific year, we know that the story is set in the future because of the existence of the HappyLife Home. The technical sophistication of this house shows that it does not belong to the current year, or the year that Bradbury published this story. This house, for instance, is capable of taking complete care of the family:

This house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them.

In addition, the house is so technologically advanced that it can react to the physical movements of the family:

Their approach was sensed by a hidden switch and the nursery light turned on when they came within ten feet of it. Similarly, behind them, in the halls, lights went on and off automatically as they left them behind.

In the story, Bradbury also uses a number of different geographical settings. The story not only takes place in the Hadley's home, it also takes place in the African Veldt. Bradbury uses a combination of images to convey this setting. There are olfactory images, for example, which relate to smell:

The hot straw smell of lion grass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the strong dried blood smell of the animals.

Bradbury also uses auditory images to convey the sound of the African Veldt setting:

The thump of distant antelope feet on soft grassy ground, the papery rustle of vultures.

Bradbury, therefore, uses two different elements of setting-- time and location--in the story. By doing this, he explores the danger of society's over-reliance on technology.

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