has always remained outstanding among other things that have happened to
mankind. Humans are surrounded by the technology and so reliant on one in their
day to day life. However, it has both pros and cons, creating the wide impact
on the human race. Several stories play differently showing how terrifying
technology can be! In “The Veldt”, Ray Bradbury tries to make a point that if
humans would use technology without any limitation it could destroy their whole
life. People are getting more and more addicted to the technology that they
don’t care about anybody. In “The Veldt” there is a setting of Happlylife Home
and in it the Nursery that ruin the fundamental lifestyle of family, the
setting has become more important in the children’s lives, and parents lost
their life due to African veldt which is the major section of the story.
Home which cost Hadley family thirty thousand dollars was destroying the simple
way of lifestyle that the family once lived before. “The cutting-edge
technology in Happylife Home satisfies each need of Hadley’s family: it
garments 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 the
rivalry 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 because
his fantasy was growing bit too real as a result Peter got scared that now who
would do his daily work. At one point, George had turn off most of the machines
of 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 technology
is ruling over parents.
was feeling that Happylife Home was beyond her in the family as it has taken
her place of wife, mother, and nursemaid. For instance, Lydia can’t offer
shower to kids as proficient as the programmed scrub bath and she can’t make
great dinner like the automatic dining-room. Children’s were spending their
time in special plastic carnival rather than passing quality time with their
parents. George and Lydia found that their children were spending too much of
time in the nursery and imagining about lions, killing, hunting and death in
the African veldt for that thought they were too young, which is a perfect
example of a negative effect of using too much of technology. The house is
providing all the things that children need in their daily life, so they don’t
need the help of their parents anymore. “The nursery has become the mother and
father in the children’s lives, more vital in their life than their genuine
parents” (106). So, technology which is setting in this story
is dominating the need of the parents which result into breaking the bond
between parents and children.
everything is bad that is well described. The veldt shows the excessive use of
technology. 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’s
children. 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 of
the 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 the
nursery. “Mclean understood the situation of nursery and advised George to
closed nursery as soon as possible because the real use of nursery was to help
children but it has moved toward the channel to destructive aspiration and also
suggested 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 of
technology. After that George became angry and turn off most of the machines
like shoe polisher, shoe lacers, body scrubber, massagers of Happylife Home in
front of their children. It created the negative impact on his children mind because
setting was like their family. George was going to turn off the nursery but the
children begged for a one last moment with Nursery. Lydia also agree with the
children and give them last few minutes with Nursery. Then George tell Lydia to
take children to Nursery for few minutes. Afterwards, Lydia and George move to
change clothes and then they heard their children screaming. Then parents
realized that this sound was coming from Nursery and they rushed into the Nursery
for the search of their children. But parents were not able to find their
children. Lastly, System closed the door and parents banged at the door but
they were not able to open the door because System was controlled by the
children and lions from African veldt killed them. After some time, David Mclean
arrived and tried to find George and Lydia but not able to find them. Then
Mclean entered the nursery and saw that Peter and Wendy were drinking tea into
their virtual world that they want to stay before. These things show that they
are overly connected with technology and gave more importance to their virtual
life than their parents.
conclusion, the story of “The Veldt” is moving around the importance of technology
in children’s daily lives, demolish central way of life of family and how it
became the reason of the death of their parents. Looking at the demerits, the
demerits outweigh the merits. The moral
of the story is that if people give more priority to any particular thing then it
can lead them towards the destruction.