Contrary to what some scholars have argued, Bradbury is no Luddite. That is to say, he doesn't have a knee-jerk hatred toward all new developments in technology. But he is acutely aware of how technology can be abused, and there's no finer illustration of this than the automated nursery in "The Veldt."
Here we see a prime example of the tail wagging the dog, so to speak. The nursery, like all forms of technology, was created by man to serve man's needs. And yet that relationship has been turned spectacularly on its head, for now it's technology that calls the shots—making the Hadley children less human and more like unthinking robots.
Wendy and Peter have become so deeply immersed in their nursery, with its vivid scenes of nature red in tooth and claw, that they've become dangerously separated from their humanity. Furthermore, they're now no longer able to distinguish between fantasy and reality, with horrific consequences.
In this story, Bradbury imagines an automated house which...
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