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Why does Bradbury use so many allusions in "The Veldt"?

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The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury demonstrates the author’s talent for exploring how contemporary trends could play out in future scenarios. This story in particular shows an understanding of how technology can dehumanize people and interfere with psychological and moral development.

The allusions to children’s literature, such as Peter Pan, Green Mansions, and Alice in Wonderland, evoke classic, beloved fantasy worlds and a child’s wish for adventure. The references to these idyllic, old-fashioned worlds then provide a stark contrast with a rogue virtual reality device that takes its cues from the negative aspects of the mind. The Wendy and Peter of Bradbury’s story have created a Neverland, but it’s one based on predators and death, signaling that the classic stories have darker themes running beneath their carefree surfaces.

The children have become addicted to the technology, and George, their father, admits to his wife with emphasis, “They live for the nursery.” Lydia in turn...

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