Ray Bradbury's The Veldt: Craft Moves

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The Veldt: Craft Moves

Ray Bradbury, the author of the dystopian story “The Veldt” applies many craft moves throughout his story. Some craft moves he includes is dialogue, foreshadowing, metaphors, and similes to build up the imagery in his story. The imagery he uses in the story helps the reader understand what the setting is like and what the story is trying to tell you. “The veldt” is in a totally different setting than the reader’s world. It seems to be set in the future, with all the technology the main character’s family have. Ray Bradbury was able to set up the imagery by having other craft moves give a helping hand, which helps the reader understand and imagine what the setting is, which can help the readers understand the message
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Although he uses dialogue several times, an example from the story is “‘I’m afraid.’ She came to him and put her body against him and cried steadily. ‘Did you see? Did you feel? It’s a little too real’” This shows how Lydia, who is not a main character and we cannot see into her mind is thinking, because she said a few of her thoughts out loud. Another piece of dialogue further into the story that is found is “‘I don’t remember any Africa,’ said Peter to Wendy. ‘Do you?’” This shows the other characters, which are characters the narrator can’t see into the minds of, what they are thinking, because as mentioned before, they are speaking their thoughts out loud.

The author utilizes many pieces of foreshadowing in his story. The foreshadowing that is included builds up the suspense in the reader's mind. When suspense is created it can promote the imagery throughout the story. One example of the foreshadowing in “the veldt” is “Two screams. Two people screaming from downstairs. And then the roar of lions.” with “‘Those screams - they sound familiar.’” This kind of foreshadowing builds up suspense by having the leader guess what could happen next, and the reader will keep on reading to see if what they were thinking is what's going to
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