Theme In Ray Bradbury's 'The Veldt'

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Kaitlin Medden Mrs. Appleton Language Arts Block: 3/4 13 Feb. 2018 Theme of The Veldt You’re surrounded by them. Everywhere you look, there are lions, they’re getting closer and closer as you scream out of terror. You hope to be saved, but you’re locked in the nursery and there’s no way out. You try everything you can to escape, but you know you can’t. The lions are right there, at least a foot away from you, with an evil look of murder in their eyes, and that’s the last thing you remember. This is what happens to the main protagonists in Ray Bradbury 's dystopian story, “The Veldt”. The story takes place in the future and it focuses on the dysfunctional Hadley family. The children, Peter and Wendy, are obsessed with their magical nursery, where everything is seemingly real, including an African landscape with wild animals. Their parents, George and Lydia see this as a huge problem and try everything they can to stop their children’s infatuation with the room. After they shut it off, they’re tricked into walking into the nursery, where they are eventually killed by lions. One lesson that the story suggests is that greed will make you lose sight of people who are important in your life. On page 2, the author shows how much Wendy and Peter treasure their nursery. Bradbury writes: “You know how difficult Peter is about that. When I punished him a month ago by locking the nursery even for a few hours- the tantrum he threw! And Wendy too. They live for the nursery.” This
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