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The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

January 22, 2019

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Published in 1950, this is an all too real glimpse at our society that seems to stand with humanity as we continue.

The Veldt, itself, is a holographic room mainly for children so they can learn and grow and the core ideal in it’s creation seemed to be so children with psychotic tendencies could learn from the Veldt that they were wrong and grow from the experience.

The family we see have spoiled their children, but have they spoiled their children so much that they have corrupted their entirely? The house they built out of vanity and in the name of so-called progression (technology replacing human interaction and nurturing) literally does everything for them. The petty chores that no one ever wants to do, the cleaning up and even cooking and bathing all of the family members.

The wife, Lydia, doubts that she is as good a mother to the children because the house bathes them better than she can. In fact the house can do everything better than she feels she can herself. This is never truly proven as fact or simple parental insecurities however.

Things escalate as they often do beyond the parents control. The children are dependent on the Veldt, as it raised them and their parents are viewed as simply in the way. The parents confide in a friend whom urges them to leave on holiday immediately to recharge the children and the family as a whole.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book, it is quite short really but packed a powerful punch! It will keep floating around  long after you turned the last page!

 

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