Hook: Technology has really took over our minds, giving us some kind of euphoria symptom while using it but really eating the human in us and leaving us obsessed, not knowing what to do without it.
Thesis: “The Veldt” presents technology as something that makes life easy maybe a little too easy. Technology is reaching a point where it is no longer helpful but harmful.
Topic Sentence: According to George, the technology makes life so easy that it’s not even really living anymore. It’s clear the more technology you have, the more dissatisfied you are because you start avoiding and ignoring your family. Technology can mess up that normal family we’ve all grown used to.
Evidence/Concluding sentence: The kids aren’t reading anymore or even going out to play. Instead, they just play with the gadgets, and the nursery. Lydia doesn’t do the housework, the kids make their own rules. Lydia feels useless. George is so not satisfied causing him to drink and smoke too much. The kids found another parental figure (the nursery).
“You know how difficult Peter is about that. When I punished him a month ago by locking the nursery for even a few hours—the tantrum he threw!” (45)
“But nothing’s too good for our children,” George had said. (12)
We’ve never lifted a hand. They’re insufferable—let’s admit it. They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were offspring.” (136)
Peter looked at his shoes. He never looked at his father any more, nor at his mother. (153)
“I sensed only that you had spoiled your children more than most. And now you’re letting them down in some way.” (197)
“What would a psychologist want with a nursery?”
“Maybe I don’t have enough to do. Maybe I have time to think too much.” (48)
“That’s just it. I feel like I don’t belong here. The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid. Can I compete with an African veldt?” (56)
He paused and tried to feel into himself to see what was really there. (59)
“No wonder there’s hatred here.” (203)
Transition: It shows us how at times we are dependant on technology and how we almost always use it too obsessively.
Topic Sentence/Concluding sentence: “Happy-Life Home”. These homes are filled with machines that do everything for them.
Transition: Imagine having so much technology that your kids think of it as your parents.
“The Veldt” is about a virtual reality room that gets out of control.
Conclusion Statement: Bradburry makes a great point in writing about the future to not allow too much into this world because it could take over and lead to bad events. 15 years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Now, the real world is an escape from the internet.
Society is co-dependent on technology, it is in our daily lives, we use it for communication, business, mostly everything. It has evolved into being an aspect of humanity. Technology is becoming human.