What narrative conventions does Bradbury use in his short story "The Veldt"?
When we talk about narrative convention, the first question we want to ask is from whose point of view the story is being told.
In the case of "The Veldt," almost the entire story is told through the experiences of George Hadley. This limits what we as readers know because, until the very end, we only see what George sees. His, too, is the only consciousness we enter. For example, we learn his thoughts as he ponders his children's obsession with the veldt:
He chewed tastelessly on the meat that the table had cut for him. Death thoughts. They were awfully young, Wendy and Peter, for death thoughts.
However, we never know what is going on in Wendy and Peter's minds.
This narrative convention of limiting the point of view to one character helps build tension and suspense. We know something is wrong with Wendy and Peter, but until the end, even though we suspect, we are not certain they have arranged to have the lions kill their parents.
At the end of story, the narrative becomes omniscient,...
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