The setting of the story is in the Hadley’s Happy life 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.
The children become obsessed with the nursery. The children become attached to the nursery because of the experiences it provides, in which 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 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.
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Wendy and Peter react very negatively to their father’s decision to shut off the house.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 the children are allowed in the nursery again.
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.
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.