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Comparative Analysis on The Veldt and Barney

By: Kyle Sum,Tiger Zhu, and Leo Zhang
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Transcript of Comparative Analysis on The Veldt and Barney

SIMILARITIES
THE VELDT DISTINCTIONS
Involves consequences based on failure to anticipate what would happen. (situational irony) For example: Scientist conceives his experiment to be a success, but in fact it is a total failure. Parents hope to provide their children with advanced technology for convenience, but turns out to be a total disaster.
Story is based on a futuristic setting, with technology dominating over family
BARNEY DISTINCTIONS
Story is based on the theme of biological engineering and consumerism.
PLOT
THE VELDT
By: Ray Bradbury
CHARACTERS
Peter
Wendy
George and Lydia
David McClean
Peter Hadley, the son of George and Lydia and brother of Wendy grew up in a technological environment. Although Peter is only ten years old, he has an extraordinarile high intelligence in his age range. Similar to Wendy, he is spoiled and has light blue eyes and peppermint cheeks.
George and Lydia are the parents of Wendy and Peter. They bought the "Happylife" home in hope of providing their children with the best possible and making their lives to be more convenient. However, as the situation progresses, they start to realize that a conflict emerges between their children and the nursery.
BARNEY
By: Will Stanton
David McClean is the family psychologist for the Hadleys. When George perceives that the nursery is "malfunctioning", David is called in to take a look at the nursery.

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN
THE VELDT AND BARNEY
By: Tiger, Kyle and Leo
Wendy Hadley, the daughter of the Hadleys and sister of Peter, grew up in a technologically advanced environment. This type of lifestyle made her a spoiled child. She has light blue eyes and peppermint cheeks.
PLOT
CHARACTERS
OVERVIEW
The Scientist
Barney
Tayloe
In the short story "Barney" by Will Stanton, the scientist and his assistant Tayloe are on a deserted island conducting an experiment to improve the intelligence of the rat Barney. Over the course of the experiment, the scientist underestimates Barney's intelligence and loses his natural prudence, leading his experiment into a dreadful failure.
The haughty scientist specializes in the field of biological engineering. He decides to conduct an experiment in which the objective is to increase the intelligence of the rat Barney. His experiments were performed on an deserted island with his temporary assistant Tayloe in complete isolation.
Tayloe is fired by the scientist due to the accusation of poisoning Barney. Although Tayloe tries to defend his position, he is still sent off the island because of his previous alcoholic record, and his lame excuse.
Barney is an intelligent rat experimented on by the scientist. Barney in turn steals the key to his cage from the scientist and discards it in a well, devising a perfect trap to kill the scientist.


The Veldt: Tiger Zhu, Leo Zhang

Barney: Leo Zhang, Tiger Zhu, Kyle Sum

Comparison: Kyle Sum, Tiger Zhu

Editor: Kyle Sum, Tiger Zhu, Leo Zhang

Design: Leo Zhang, Kyle Sum

Animations: Tiger Zhu, Leo Zhang

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Peter and Wendy Hadley, along with their parents live in the "Happylife home". In this technology based dwelling, both the parents and the children enjoy the idle life in the house.
In the "Happylife Home", there is a special room called the nursery. The nursery is a high-tech room with the function of processing and displaying any scenery telepathically the user thinks of onto a crystal screen. Peter and Wendy are excessively intrigued in this piece of technology, affecting the intimacy with their parents.
The children's parents, George and Lydia, become anxious that their children have became too reliant on technology, and that they are losing control over them. Peter and Wendy start to rebel against them when the parents try to forbid them from the nursery.
When the parents are locked inside the nursery, they finally recognize the screams they heard before and realize that the simulated lions are eating their own corpses, envisioned by their own children.
When David McClean finally arrives to check on the nursery and to talk with the parents, he is greeted by the children asking him a cup to a tea and is told that their parents will be down in a moment.
Introduction
Conflict
Rising Action
Climax
Falling Action
Conclusion
Introduction
Conflict
Rising Action
Climax
Falling Action
Conclusion
The story begins on a deserted island with the scientist, Tayloe and the rat Barney. The scientist is conducting experiments to improve the intelligence of Barney.
OVERVIEW
In the short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury, Peter and Wendy live in a futuristic home with their parents - George and Lydia Hadley. While providing their children with an abundance of technology, the parents do not realize that they have immersed themselves and their children into a habit of over-reliance on automatics, which ultimately accounted for an absurd calamity.
The scientist notices that Barney is beginning to read books from the library, conceiving that Barney is evolving to be more intelligent.
Barney devises a plan to make the scientist to fire his assistant Tayloe. Barney deliberately pours poison directed to his meal tray, in disguise as Tayloe attempting to kill him, therefore resulting the scientist to accuse Tayloe for his conduct and fires him.
Barney manages to escape from his cage, and steals the key for the documents room and also discarding it in the well, impelling the scientist to go down the well to retrieve the key.
While Peter and Wendy sit and wait for the family's psychologist David McClean to come, George and Lydia were are being eaten by the lions, presenting a real "simulation"of what Peter and 
Wendy had envisioned. 
Credits:
"Wendy and Peter aren't in their room" (pg.109 The Veldt)

"No, he said, they've broken into the nursery" (pg.109 The Veldt)
"suddenly they realized why those screams sounded familiar." (pg 114 The Veldt)
"a cup of tea? asked Wendy in the silence. (pg.115 The Veldt)
After the death of the scientist, Barney pretends to be the scientist and finishes the last entry of the journal saying that Barney has died and tells the reader to send only female rats to the island in hope of reproducing more intelligent rats.
Barney successfully lures the scientist into the well to retrieve the key. While the scientist sees Barney biting the rope, he approbates his experiment as successful and thinks Barney is risking his life to save him. On the other hand, Barney is in fact sheering the rope in order to kill the scientist.
Protagonist never notices anything wrong or malfunctioning until he realizes that he is going to die.

Sets in a modern town or city, with advanced technology at hand.
Consists of a whole family of two parents and two children along with a family psychologist.
Sets on a deserted island with no local population
Consists of only three members, the scientist, the assistant and the experimental rat.
Protagonists perceives that something is wrong or malfunctioning. (Parents sense that their children are abnormal)
Theme
In the short story “The Veldt”, Ray Badbury suggests the theme of consumerism by implying the father of the family, George Hadley to be excessively self-complacent of his confidence in the utility of money. George supposes that his money can bring his family love and care, and that with lavish expenditure on technology would bring his children convenience. However, he does not perceive that he has immersed his children into the abyss of over-dependence on automatics, which ultimately accounted for an absurd calamity. The theme is testified at the conclusion where George asks Lydia, his wife the reason they had bought this horrid house, and replied his wife, “Pride, money and foolishness.”
Theme
In the science fiction short story “Barney”, Will Stanton implements the theme of biological engineering by suggesting that conducting an experiment to improve the intelligence of a rat may outcome in a colossal disaster. The danger of the biological engineering experiment emerges when the experimental rat Barney devises a flawless plan to murder the scientist, resulted by his gain of intelligence. The theme is proved in the last entry of the scientist’s journal written by Barney, after his succession of killing the scientist.
The End!
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Shows the use of futuristic technology, either having machines to do your every job or extremely advanced use of biological engineering. For example: Scientist conducts a biological experiment to improve rat intelligence. Parents buy high-tech nursery to provide convenience and entertainment for their children.
Underestimates characters, accounting in absolute adverse situation and disaster. For example: Scientist underestimates Barney, Barney kills the scientist. Parents underestimate children, children kills parents.
Proves the fact that the perception of problems of characters are too late. For example: Scientist does not realize Barney is setting up a plot to murder him until he dies. Parents do not perceive that their children are simulating their death until they die.
Conflicts occur due to scientific mishaps. For example: Barney plots to murder because ofthe effect the scientific experiment. The children plans to murder their parents because of the affect of the high-tech nursery room.
"This house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them." (pg.101 the veldt)
"This room is their mother and father". (pg.111 The Veldt)
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