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18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: User1492155227 | Category: Latin american revolution essay

Ray Bradbury has a point to make in his short story “The Veldt.” It is a rather simple and obvious point—Bradbury does not like machines. But the more interesting part of this story is not his dislike of a mechanical world but rather it is Bradbury’s explanation of why he does not look upon a world run by machines as some kind of utopia in which human beings are free to pursue things other than the mundane chores of every day living. Quite contrary to the notion of a utopia, in Bradbury’s view, machines turn the world upside down, ruining human relationships and destroying the minds of children. Instead of leaving time for people to ponder the higher thoughts of spirituality and philosophy, a world run by machines leaves people open to boredom and thoughts riddled with fear, anger, and vengeance. And it is these results that make Bradbury very unhappy.

Bradbury’s husband and wife protagonists, George and Lydia Hadley, live in what Bradbury calls a Happylife Home, a place any person in their right mind would drool over, or at least that is what the Hadleys thought when they plunked down the cash to convert their normal habitat into one they thought would solve all their problems. The house was energy efficient, turning lights off and on when people entered or left a room. The house was soothing, rocking them and their children to sleep at night. The house was nurturing, fixing their meals, dressing them, and keeping their environment as clean as if they had a twenty-four-hour maid. Who could ask for more from a house?

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    heavygorilla107 17 Jan 2017 22:39

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    blackleopard192 17 Jan 2017 23:25

    "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury "A family lives in a house with the latest technology. It is called the “Happylife Home” and its installation cost $30,000. The house is filled with machines that do everything for them from cooking meals, to clothing them, to rocking them to sleep. The two children, Peter and Wendy, become fascinated with the "nursery," a virtual reality room that is able to connect with the children telepathically to reproduce any place they imagine. The parents, George and Lydia, soon realize that there is something wrong with their way of life. George and Lydia are also perplexed that the nursery is stuck on an African setting, with lions in the distance, eating the dead carcass of what they assume to be an animal. There they also find recreations of their personal belongings. Wondering why their children are so concerned with this scene of death, they decide to call a psychologist. The psychologist, David McClean, suggests they turn off the house and leave. The children, completely addicted to the nursery, beg their parents to let them have one last visit. The parents relent, and agree to let them spend a few more minutes there. When they come to the nursery to fetch the children, the children lock them in from the outside. George and Lydia look on as the lions begin to advance towards them. At that point, they realize that what the lions were eating in the distance was not an animal, but their own simulated remains. The kids realized that the only way they could stay in their nursery is to get rid of their parents by locking George and Lydia in the nursery with the lions" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Veldt You can read this story online (it s easier to read, if you highlight it) http://www.veddma.com/veddma/Veldt.htm

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    User1492134305 17 Jan 2017 23:37

    The story is called "The Veldt"; you are correct - it s by Ray Bradbury. You can read the whole story here: http://veddma.narod.ru/Ve "George, I wish you d look at the nursery." "What s wrong with it?" "I don t know." "Well, then." "I just want you to look at it, is all, or call a psychologist in to look at it." "What would a psychologist want with a nursery?" "You know very well what he d want." His wife paused in the middle of the kitchen and watched the stove busy humming to itself, making supper for four. "It s just that the nursery is different now than it was." "All right, let s have a look." They walked down the hall of their soundproofed Happylife Home, which had cost them thirty thousand dollars installed, this house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them. Their approach sensitized a switch somewhere and the nursery light flicked on when they came within ten feet of it. Similarly, behind them, in the halls, lights went on and off as they left them behind, with a soft automaticity. "Well," said George Hadley. They stood on the thatched floor of the nursery. It was forty feet across by forty feet long and thirty feet high; it had cost half again as much as the rest of the house. "But nothing s too good for our children," George had said.." ldt.htm "

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    purpleelephant452 18 Jan 2017 01:45

    A family of four installs the latest technology in their house. The house does everything for the family from clothing them to feeding them to rocking them to sleep at night. They called the new technology the “Happylife Home” and it cost the family thirty thousand dollars to install. The most advanced technology was the nursery and was designed to show the children whatever they wanted to see. The children loved the nursery and spent a great deal of time in there. As the short story unfolds it is clear that the family unit does not work as it should. The parents have very little control over their children and the children call the shots. It is made clear that the children identify too much with their nursery and they become less than human. They show no guilt, remorse or regret when the technology destroys their family. The children have become cold and emotionless just like the machines that control their house.

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    User1491668732 18 Jan 2017 08:01

    The parents reach the nursery, the most expensive and sophisticated feature of the Happylife Home. Before their eyes, the blank walls of the nursery transform into a.