Could you provide an analysis on Peter and Wendy Hadley from "The Veldt"?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Peter and Wendy (named after two of the characters in Peter Pan) are the product of a generation that depends too heavily on technology. While Bradbury often warns against the dangers of technology, "The Veldt" is perhaps more troubling than some of the author's other works because of Peter's and Wendy's characters. Listed below are some of their shared and different characteristics.

1. Both children dominate their parents. Near the story's beginning, the children simply "televise home" to let their parents know that they will be home later because they are at a carnival. They do not ask permission; they simply tell their parents that they will be home later.

2. Peter is deceitful and encourages his sister to lie. When George asks his son about the Africa theme in the nursery, Peter unflinchingly denies that Africa was the theme and quickly gets Wendy to side with him.

3. Both children are more technologically savvy than their parents are. They demonstrate this through not only their ability to control the nursery and their access to it but also through their skills in subtly convincing their parents that they simply don't understand the children's generation. In fact, George especially seems "bemused" by his children's ability to be so independent of him and Lydia.

4. Finally, Peter and Wendy are desensitized and virtually emotionless when it comes to human relationships. Their parents are simply another "tool" in their lives, and because the children feel no natural affection for their parents, they are not troubled by destroying them. Just like changing the nursery's themes, they most likely think that they can easily replace their parents with some other form of technology.