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by Ray Bradbury

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In what ways has the house infantilized the Hadleys in "The Veldt"? How does Bradbury depict this as dangerous?   

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George and Lydia's Happylife Home plays a number of roles in the story -- not least, it can be understood as the true antagonist, the force that undermines their parental authority and drives a wedge between them and their children. It has "infantalized" the parents, no doubt -- but if the parents have been turned into children, then it makes sense to ask what sort of "parent" the house can be. If you think about it that way, you can begin to see the shape of the satire at work in Bradbury's story. 

First, the basic thing about the house is that it does everything for you. The Happylife home is the ultimate expression of the labor-saving device: the home that "clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them." Lydia feels unnecessary, as you say: "That's just it. I feel like I don't belong here. The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid." She wants to take a "vacation," which, oddly, means a return to domestic...

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