In this selection, a family who is living in a very high-tech house spoil their children. The parents then realize that technology has replaced themselves as parents and they try to take away the tech, but the children don't like that. The children then get rid of the parents so that they can have their technology.
Technology vs. Family
When parents spoil their children, it can have irreversible consequences.
Futuristic Happylife Home
"You’ve let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children’s affections. This room is their mother and father, far more important in their lives than their real parents. And now you come along and want to shut it off."
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
"We'ver never lifted a hand. They're insufferable-lets admit it. They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were offspring."
"Technology has deprived the family of almost all of it's functions." -Charles A. Reich
The children are spoiled
This quote suggests that the house has replaced the mom and dad in their children's lives. Also, the parents want to shut off the nursery, which their children love more than their parents. Both of those support the idea that when parents spoil their children, it can have irreversible consequences. In this case, the parents have given the kids so much tech, the children don't love them anymore.
This quote reveals the main character's emotions toward the kids. His reaction supports the idea that his kids are spoiled so much, they've become to disrepect their parents and treat them as equals.
This quote suggests that the parents have given their children everything they've ever wanted, and the kids are bad to them and treat them as equals because of the spoiling. This supports the idea that the parents have spoiled the children, and the irreversible consequence is that the children are being disrespectful toward their parents.
"We've given the children everything they've ever wanted. Is this our reward- secrecy, disobedience?"
In my evaluation, the conflict develops the theme the most. The author shows that through the story, when the parents try to take away more technology and as they try to, their children's response to that becomes worse and worse. It's through this development that we learn that if parents spoil their children, it can have irreversible consequences.