Technology is nowadays a source that humans cannot live without. Many of us would probably describe social media, the internet among other stuff as benefits to living in modern society. However, many others see the dark side of technology. In the shorts story “The Veldt” written by Ray Bradbury in 1950 we meet a family, that has become so wrapped up in the futuristic technology that the family’s social structure is at risk. We get to experience how the relationship between the parents and the children develop, in terms of how the technologically driven house slowly takes over the parents’ part in the family.
The short story takes place in a technologically driven house, and it can do every chore and task that a normal family faces throughout a normal day. The nursery within the house is a large room, which is operated by a computer that is capable of obeying both thought commands and spoken ones into a variety of environments. The room becomes a central part of Peter and Wendy’s life, which is the reason for all the problems the family is facing. The children are ten years of age and they live for the nursery.
Throughout their childhood, the kids have gotten everything they wanted, which now shows a negative influence on their behavior towards their parents. The kids are absurdly spoiled which leads to their disobedience “We have given the children everything they ever wanted. Is this our reward secrecy, disobedience?” (p. 23 lines 24-25). The parents George and Lydia love their children very much, but the way they have shown them, love, has resulted in losing them.
The mother Lydia is an average mother from 1950 who strives to keep the house in working order. Lydia gets more and more useless as we move further into the story and towards the ending. She comes across being worried and scared of losing her children completely. This is shown on (p. 21 lines 2-6) “The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid. Can I compete with an African veldt? Can I give a bath and scrub the children as efficiently or quickly as the automatic scrub bath can? I cannot.”. The nursery and the house slowly replace her and all of her responsibilities as a mother. On the other hand, we have the farther George. He is a typical husband and father in the 1950s who promotes the money for the family.