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A simile is a comparison of two unalike things in which the word like or as is used. When Wendy and Peter arrive at home from the carnival they'd been visiting, the narrator says that they were...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020, 12:34 am (UTC)

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The Hadley children are named after Wendy Darling and Peter Pan, children who live, for some time, quite happily and freely without parents. Peter Pan, especially, never wants to grow up, and Wendy...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020, 2:08 pm (UTC)

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Personification is a literary device in which a thing, animal, or inanimate object is given human attributes in order to add an aesthetic quality to the narrative and contribute to the author's...

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"The Veldt" uses foreshadowing as a key plot element. This is apparent from the first lines of the story, where Lydia thinks there is something the matter with the nursery room and asks her husband...

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt," George and Lydia Hadley purchase an expensive Happylife Home, which is a completely automated smart home that performs virtually every necessary function...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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The science fiction short story “The Veldt” examines a futuristic, fully automated house and its effect on its occupants, the Hadley family. Named the HappyLife Home, it anticipates and fulfills...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2021, 10:02 pm (UTC)

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The setting of “The Veldt” is the Hadley’s home, although this is not a family home as we would recognize it today. Their futuristic home is controlled by automated, state-of-the-art technology...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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As he talks to Lydia about the supposed neuroses of their children, George observes: Who was it said, "Children are carpets, they should be stepped onoccasionally"? We’ve never lifted a hand....

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020, 8:42 am (UTC)

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The main message of "The Veldt" concerns the dangers of becoming too reliant on technology and the consequences attached to not disciplining children. George and Lydia Hadley purchase an expensive,...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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The primary message of Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt" concerns the dangers of overreliance on technology. Bradbury presents a cautionary tale of how technology can completely consume a...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020, 11:52 am (UTC)

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In a way, one could argue that George and Lydia killed themselves, indirectly of course. Yes, the lions kill them, and yes those lions were created by the couple's children, but those children were...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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The Hadley family, in the Ray Bradbury short story "The Veldt," lives in a "Happylife Home," which they say they bought so that they wouldn't have to do anything anymore. This home provides for all...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 1:35 am (UTC)

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The irony in "The Veldt" is that the family has automated factors added to their house in order to simplify and ease their lives so that they have more time to spend with each other. However,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015, 11:31 am (UTC)

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When George Hadley says that "Children are carpets, they should be stepped on occasionally," he is communicating that he blames his children for the fear he feels surrounding the strange behavior...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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Bradbury seems to conceive of children as very intelligent, capable, and potentially manipulative creatures. Wendy and Peter Hadley, the children of George and Lydia Hadley, have manipulated the...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 12:55 am (UTC)

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It seems evident that Mr. and Mrs. Hadley were eaten by the lions from the veldt scene that plays on the walls of the nursery. This is foreshadowed by such events as Mr. McClean finding Mrs....

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019, 6:13 am (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt" has a few unsettling morals around leaving children unsupervised and being overly reliant on technology. To craft your essay, think about these morals. Why is...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Personification is assigning human traits to an inanimate object or an animal. In this story, the Hadleys' Happylife home is described and treated as if it is a person. For example, from the first...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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George and Lydia Hadley are submissive parents, who allow their children to run the home, act disrespectful, and walk all over them. George and Lydia Hadley initially purchased the Happylife Home...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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A literary allusion within "The Veldt" to the story Peter Pan would allude to one or more of several things. Peter Pan was a playful rascal who never wanted to grow up. Peter Pan had a following...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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The Hadley parents can be described as "good people" who mean well but are simply misguided. They believe that buying a Happylife Home will improve their family's standard of living. As parents,...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2020, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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On one level, the mood of "The Veldt" is clearly one of fear and paranoia. We can sense this from the very first lines of the story: "George, I wish you'd look at the nursery." "What's wrong with...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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As others have noted, the names Peter and Wendy Hadley in Bradbury's 1950 story are inspired by J.M. Barrie's 1904 Peter Pan. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy Darling are a bit different than...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018, 8:24 pm (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury's short story, "The Veldt," explores the results of parents who spoil their children and rely on technology to take the place of family. In this story, George and Lydia Hadley have...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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I would want to argue that there are actually two levels of conflict that occur in this excellent story. There is of course the overt external conflict that occurs between George and Lydia and...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011, 9:04 pm (UTC)

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Towards the beginning of the story, while Peter and Wendy are enjoying a helicopter trip, Lydia laments about the nursery and tells her husband that she is afraid of the African veldt, which the...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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George and Lydia Hadley, the parents in Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt," have abdicated their role as parents to their two children, Peter and Wendy. They are able to do this because their...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 1:09 pm (UTC)

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George and Lydia do not discipline their children very well. After being frightened by the lions, Lydia asks George to lock up the nursery for a few days until she settles down. George protests,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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It's easy to do the math on the Happylife Home system and determine it would cost about $270,000 in today's money. This shows that housing prices have inflated beyond the average inflation since...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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In Ray Bradbury's story “The Veldt,” George Hadley decides that his family has had enough of their automatic house that does everything from cook and cut their food to tie their shoes. He is...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 1:04 am (UTC)

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A theme statement encompasses a work of literature's primary theme and forms a discussion regarding the author's main message of the narrative. In Ray Bradbury's celebrated short story "The Veldt,"...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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Conflict can take two basic forms. External conflict is what we see when a character struggles against an outside force, person, or group of people. Internal conflict is a psychological struggle --...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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The climax of Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" is George and Lydia's death in the simulated African veldt within the nursery. However, before they are trapped and killed by the machinations within the...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017, 5:25 am (UTC)

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It is clear that Bradbury presents us with a world in which technology has actually become more important to the children than their parents. When David McClean is called in to give his expert...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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When George and Lydia Hadley consult with a psychologist, David McClean, McClean informs them that this technology could be employed to gain insight into the psychology of the children who use it....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019, 7:03 am (UTC)

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The basic reason behind Wendy and Peter wanting to get rid of their parents is that, being children, Wendy and Peter have already been given an unnecessarily significant amount of freedom. Once...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2012, 12:58 am (UTC)

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Looking up the word nursery in a dictionary, you will find a definition like the following: 1(a): an infant's bedroom b) a room or apartment in a home, set apart for the children as a playroom,...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2021, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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The nursery in Ray Bradbury’s “The Veldt” is an automated room that catches “the telepathic emanations of the children’s minds and created life to fill their every desire.” “The Veldt” tells the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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David McClean is the psychologist that George and Lydia Hadley invite to look at their nursery. He thinks that George and Lydia have spoiled their children "more than most." He also says that they...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019, 8:53 pm (UTC)

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Lydia is frightened because the children, Wendy and Peter, are drawn so intently to their nursery, and especially, to an unsettling scene in the African veldt that they watch there repeatedly. When...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2017, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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In Ray Bradbury’s story “The Veldt,” George and Lydia Hadley enjoy indulging their children. The parents understand owning the latest modern technology as a status symbol. Even more, they believe...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 3:34 am (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt" is narrated in the third-person limited, where the audience can only know the thoughts and feelings of one character. Unlike third-person omniscient...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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The nursery in "The Veldt" is a very large room that displays interactive, immersive computer simulations that respond to and reflect the thoughts of the participants. In short, it is like an...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2015, 8:11 am (UTC)

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In Ray Bradbury' story "The Veldt" the Hadley family purchase an automated home that does every human activity most people do, from cleaning, to cooking, to even tying shoes! Keep in mind that...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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The definitions for nursery and playroom and the context of the story make it clear why Bradbury used the term instead of calling it a playroom. The Oxford English dictionary defines a nursery as...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2018, 7:25 am (UTC)

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt," George and Lydia Hadley purchase an expensive, technologically advanced smart home, which is completely automated and comes equipped with an impressive...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020, 4:04 pm (UTC)

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In "The Veldt," Bradbury portrays the Hadley's as bad parents in the following ways. Firstly, their purchase of the Happylife Home nursery suggests that they are bad parents because they buy it so...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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Lydia feels unnecessary as a wife and mother because the automated house does everything she used to do. This is the story of an automated house, the newest luxury of the super-rich. One of the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2014, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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The nursery becomes more frightening when the parents realize that the children wish them dead...or at least unable to control the children any longer. Lydia mentions more than once that the roars...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008, 5:31 am (UTC)

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The relationship between the Hadley children and their parents, or the lack of it, is a core element of this story. The children's lack of emotional maturity, resulting in a stunted relationship...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015, 6:54 am (UTC)

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