Psychoanalytical Perspective In The Veldt By Ray Bradbury

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“The Veldt” is a short story by Ray Bradbury. This story can be analyzed using a Marxist and psychoanalytical perspective. For both of these perspectives, the main evidence is found in the kids and their relationship with their parents. For Marxist, “The Veldt” shows how the family relationship reveals the oppression of the lower class and their battle to become the new upper class. The structure of power in this can be connected to the power struggle of today’s society. As for the psychoanalytical perspective, “The Veldt” reveals the author unconscious feelings towards his class and wealth that was never dealt with when he was a kid. Peter challenged the class system and his parent’s authority when he told George did not shut down the house,…show more content…
That’s why he didn’t apologize when he angered his father by threating him. Instead, he said “Very well” and walked away (170). He was beginning the transitioning from a middle class citizen to an upper. Peter and Wendy was never lower-class because they was spoiled very young. The kid’s dependency to technology can be analyzed in Marxist perspective because it’s an example of materialism. The current era is very materialistic, so this story does reveal something about the current world in regards to class and technology. It also shows how the parents oppressed their kids by using technology. The kids now lack creativity or a desire to do anything for themselves, “I don’t want to do anything but look and listen and smell” (170). The history of the author sheds some light into the subconscious emotions that went into his short story, “Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, to a family that, at the height of the Great Depression, sought out a better life in California” (164). Bradbury’s history suggests that He wrote this story about a wealthy family and their spoiled, ungrateful, kids to cope with his subconscious feelings about his poor childhood. This story reveals the unconscious desire of Bradbury to be wealthy and spoiled, something that was impossible for him because of the time period he was
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