Technologyhas always remained outstanding among other things that have happened tomankind. Humans are surrounded by the technology and so reliant on one in theirday to day life. However, it has both pros and cons, creating the wide impacton the human race. Several stories play differently showing how terrifyingtechnology can be! In “The Veldt”, Ray Bradbury tries to make a point that ifhumans would use technology without any limitation it could destroy their wholelife. People are getting more and more addicted to the technology that theydon’t care about anybody.
In “The Veldt” there is a setting of Happlylife Homeand in it the Nursery that ruin the fundamental lifestyle of family, thesetting has become more important in the children’s lives, and parents losttheir life due to African veldt which is the major section of the story.The HappylifeHome which cost Hadley family thirty thousand dollars was destroying the simpleway of lifestyle that the family once lived before. “The cutting-edgetechnology in Happylife Home satisfies each need of Hadley’s family: itgarments them, sustains them, gives a bath to them, plays and sings with them,even rocked them to sleep” (98).
But Lydia and George were unaware of therivalry of their children due to an ascendancy of the Happylife Home over them.Once, George tells Peter about turning off the house for about a month becausehis fantasy was growing bit too real as a result Peter got scared that now whowould do his daily work. At one point, George had turn off most of the machinesof the Happy House due to that Peter got angry and yelled at his father that,”I wish you were dead!” (108), by this Bradbury wants to demonstrate that technologyis ruling over parents.Lydia Hadleywas feeling that Happylife Home was beyond her in the family as it has takenher place of wife, mother, and nursemaid. For instance, Lydia can’t offershower to kids as proficient as the programmed scrub bath and she can’t makegreat dinner like the automatic dining-room.
Children’s were spending theirtime in special plastic carnival rather than passing quality time with theirparents. George and Lydia found that their children were spending too much oftime in the nursery and imagining about lions, killing, hunting and death inthe African veldt for that thought they were too young, which is a perfectexample of a negative effect of using too much of technology. The house isproviding all the things that children need in their daily life, so they don’tneed the help of their parents anymore. “The nursery has become the mother andfather in the children’s lives, more vital in their life than their genuineparents” (106). So, technology which is setting in this storyis dominating the need of the parents which result into breaking the bondbetween parents and children.Excess ofeverything is bad that is well described.
The veldt shows the excessive use oftechnology. The Happylife Home is from one of the negative sides of technology.At the initial stage, it is comparable to the amusement park for Hadley’schildren. Afterwards, it turned out to be a mammoth problem against the parents.Lydia was very afraid of the atmosphere of the nursery from the beginning ofthe story when she saw the death battle between the animals in African veldt.She told all the story to Mclean and also showed him the situation of thenursery. “Mclean understood the situation of nursery and advised George toclosed nursery as soon as possible because the real use of nursery was to helpchildren but it has moved toward the channel to destructive aspiration and alsosuggested to closed all the system and go for a picnic with his family” (106).Also added that all situation was happened because of the overuse oftechnology.
After that George became angry and turn off most of the machineslike shoe polisher, shoe lacers, body scrubber, massagers of Happylife Home infront of their children. It created the negative impact on his children mind becausesetting was like their family. George was going to turn off the nursery but thechildren begged for a one last moment with Nursery. Lydia also agree with thechildren and give them last few minutes with Nursery. Then George tell Lydia totake children to Nursery for few minutes. Afterwards, Lydia and George move tochange clothes and then they heard their children screaming.
Then parentsrealized that this sound was coming from Nursery and they rushed into the Nurseryfor the search of their children. But parents were not able to find theirchildren. Lastly, System closed the door and parents banged at the door butthey were not able to open the door because System was controlled by thechildren and lions from African veldt killed them. After some time, David Mcleanarrived and tried to find George and Lydia but not able to find them. ThenMclean entered the nursery and saw that Peter and Wendy were drinking tea intotheir virtual world that they want to stay before.
These things show that theyare overly connected with technology and gave more importance to their virtuallife than their parents. Inconclusion, the story of “The Veldt” is moving around the importance of technologyin children’s daily lives, demolish central way of life of family and how itbecame the reason of the death of their parents. Looking at the demerits, thedemerits outweigh the merits. The moralof the story is that if people give more priority to any particular thing then itcan lead them towards the destruction.