What does "The Veldt" tell readers about the relationship between man and technology?

"The Veldt" tells readers that technology has the potential to replace many human functions and roles, but sometimes with unintended consequences. In the story, Peter and Wendy no longer require parents to help them survive: their Happylife Home bathes and cooks and entertains them. With no need for their parents' help, Peter and Wendy decide to eliminate them when they become hindrances.

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In this story, two children, Wendy and Peter Hadley, manipulate their incredibly technologically advanced nursery to kill their parents, George and Lydia. The family of four has shared their Happylife Home for some time, and this house has "clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them." It cooks their food, washes their dishes, cleans up after them, even bathes them and entertains them. It seems as though George and Lydia have been allowing the nursery and house to parent their children rather than doing it themselves.

The children seem to have a lot more independence than is typical; at one point, they are out alone at a carnival and "televised home to say they'd be late." They also seem to be quite spoiled and used to having their way. George is even nervous to lock up the nursery because of "the tantrum [Peter] threw," and "Wendy too," the last time they shut it.

In short, the family has become so dependent on the technology in their home that it has, essentially, replaced the real relationships between the parents and the children. Lydia even says that the "house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid." Real people and touch and care have been replaced with machines so that the things Wendy and Peter need to survive can be answered by the home; their parents are good for nothing and only provide unnecessary restrictions. Thus, we cannot always predict all of the consequences of use of technology and we must be careful how much we allow it to do for us.

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