What is the main message in "The Veldt"?

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As in so much of his fiction, Bradbury warns us against allowing technology to get the upper hand in our lives.

In this story, the Hadley parents initially believe they are doing the best possible thing in buying the state-of-the-art HappyLife home, an expensive nursery with televised walls which does everything for them.

What they do not realize until too late is that a technology that does everything for a family will soon come to control the family. Lydia feels anxious and displaced with nothing to do. The children, Wendy and Peter, soon come to see the nursery as a better and more indulgent parent to them than their own parents. They come to hate their real parents as an impediment to their happiness.

As the story illustrates, the old-fashioned virtues of a simple home and parents who actually raise and discipline their children are far healthier than relying on technology to make life easier. In the end, in fact, technology does not make life easier but instead leads to death.

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