The Veldt Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

Start Your Free Trial

What aspects of contemporary family life do the Happy Home and the nursery satirize?  

Expert Answers info

D. Reynolds eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write11,094 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In Bradbury's "The Veldt," the Happy Home and the nursery satirize modern society's tendency to equate happiness with comfort and ease. The Happy Home is a technological marvel that does everything for the Hadley family, to the extent that Mrs. Hadley, a housewife, feels useless. The nursery raises the two children, Peter and Wendy, who come to regard the view screens that they spend most of their time watching as more authoritative than their own parents. The story illustrates that over-reliance on technology is a trap. We can't let technology live our lives for us or raise our children for us without suffering the consequences. After falling under the grip of technology, the Hadley parents learn too late that their children have become dehumanized. They learn that letting a house do everything for them has torn their family apart, not made it happier.  

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial