What is the role of technology in "The Veldt"? What is it doing to the family?
Technology plays a prominent role in the Hadley household and has completely consumed their entire family. George and Lydia Hadley purchased a technologically advanced Happylife Home, which is completely automated and mechanically performs seemingly every task needed to maintain a residence. The automated smart home cooks, cleans, and entertains the family, and the technologically advanced nursery fascinates the children, who spend the majority of their leisure time enjoying the interactive, simulated walls that display anything they can image. Despite making the family's life significantly easier, technology has created a void between the parents and children.
The family has become completely reliant on technology, and the Hadley children no longer view George and Lydia as their parents. Both Peter and Wendy have developed into entitled, disobedient children who begin to plan their parents' demise. They conjure the image of the threatening African veldt onto the nursery's walls and wish that their parents would die. George and Lydia acknowledge that they've become over-reliant on technology and attempt to turn the house off. However, Peter and Wendy refuse to allow George and Lydia to dictate their lives, and they lock their parents inside the African veldt. Overall, Bradbury explores family dynamics in a futuristic, technology-driven world and illustrates how families have become over-reliant on technology.
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