The setting of the story is in the Hadley’s Happylife Home. The characters are George and Lydia Hadley. Bradbury uses an eerie tone in his opening scene to foreshadow later events in the story. The Hadley’s are surrounded by advanced forms of technology because of the environment they subject themselves to. For example, their house feeds, clothes, and bathes them, relieving them of all the tasks necessary to sustaining a normal life.
The children become obsessed with the nursery because of the experiences it provides. They begin to see the house and the nursery as their parents. The conflict is that the children develop such a deep emotional connection with their technology, that they begin to disregard their parents, and treat them as inferior beings. The nursery’s advanced technology allows the children's thoughts and emotions to come alive through digital animation. Furthermore, they have the ability to filter their feelings into this room.
The parents are feeling that the smart house is negatively impacting them and more importantly their growing children, so George Hadley threatens to shut off the house and permanently eradicate the nursery. The conflict occurs immediately following this threat in which the kids begin to demonstrate unsettling forms of aggression both physically and verbally. The attachment this family has to technology is negatively impacting their well beings as well as is taking a toll on the mental health of their young children.
Takeaway About Technology
Wendy and Peter react very negatively to their father’s decision to shut off the house. Peter even threatens George about closing the nursery. The children eventually persuade their father to open the nursery temporarily. The parents start to have a discussion on whether or not their kids behavior is normal and then decide to contact a psychologist. The technology comes back into play when George permits the children to go into the nursery again, in which they were further manipulated by the advanced forms of technology found in this futuristic room.
The story ends with the revenge enacted by the unstable children. They disliked the threats made by their parents in which they took it into their own hands to get rid of them and preserve the beloved and manipulative nursery. Technology has once again made a negative impact of these individuals lives because of the capabilities it holds.
The Veldt demonstrates the negative effects that technology has on humanity by utilizing the actions taken by the children in order to preserve something they see as living although in reality, it is just a machine.