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Transcript of THE VELDT
By Ray Bradbury
Point of View
Takes place in the future and inside a futuristic, "robotic" house that does everything for you. (tying shoes, brushing teeth, combing hair, etc.)
Nursery is built in the future and it is the main element of the story
The time the setting took place affects the short story because if it took place in the past, the whole story would not make sense because robotic houses weren't made then.
- Main character, father, dynamic, round character
- Mother, static, and a round character
- Daughter, round, and partially dynamic
- Son, round, and partailly dynamic
The relationship between Nancy, Peter and their parents is, in a way, strained. They care for each other, but ever since George and Lydia refused to let them go to New York in a rocket ship, Nancy and Peter have been awfully cold and attached to the Nursery.
There is no central narrator, but those who speak are George, Lydia, their kids, and the psychologist.
This story is in 3rd person limited; we only know the inner thoughts of George.
Since the author chose to use 3rd person limited, the reader has to guess what’s going on unless it’s in the character’s actions or dialogue. They’re trying to piece together clues from the text to find out more about the story, such as it’s outcome.
“George Hadley walked through the singing glade and picked up something that lay in the corner where the lions had been. He walked slowly back to his wife……...’An old wallet of mine,’ he said. He showed it to her. The smell of hot grass was on it and the smell of a lion. There were drops of saliva on it, it had been chewed, and there were blood smears on both sides."
This is where George finally concludes that there’s something wrong with the Nursery.
When people give good, they expect good
*George and Lydia give the children everything they want, but when they refuse one thing, the children act as if its the rest of world.
Don't depend on things that sometimes can go wrong, or function wrong.
*Everyone depends on the house and the nursery to live, but when it goes wrong, what do they do?
The house completes all chores for the family
Problem with nursery
George Hadley and Lydia enter the nursery to find themselves in an African Veldt
Lions in African Veldt chase George and Lydia
Nursery feels too real
Peter and Wendy lie to their parents about the African Veldt
Peter wishes that his father is dead
Too much of anything isn't good for anyone
*The children have been spending too much time in the nursery that they do not depend on their parents any longer
Peter and Wendy trap George and Lydia in the Nursery because they don't want the Nursery to be closed
The Nursery becomes realistic when Peter messes with the Nursery's machinery
George and Lydia are eaten by the lions
The Nursery was a costly room the family got installed because "nothings too good for their children".
The Nursery uses the kids imagination to fulfill their desires--in the story, they imagine an African Veldt
Gets more realistic overtime
The Veldt: The Veldt symbolizes Peter and Wendy's eagerness to kill their parents, and how much they don't care for their parents. The Veldt also represents how violent the human mind is.