Use of Foreshadowing, Allusion, and Irony in Ray Bradbury´s The Veldt

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“The Veldt” is a short and twisting story written in 1950 by Ray Bradbury about the Hadley family who lives in a futuristic world that ends up “ruining human relationships and destroying the minds of children” (Hart). The house they live in is no ordinary home, Bradbury was very creative and optimistic when predicting future technology in homes. This house does everything for the residence including tying shoes, making food, and even rocking them to sleep. The favourite room of the children, Peter and Wendy, is the forty by forty foot nursery. This room’s setting reacts to the children’s thoughts. Everything from the temperature to the ground’s texture responds to the environment Wendy and Peter imagine, and in this case, an African …show more content…
This reinforces the theme that this extreme consumerism in this futuristic world is negative. Consumers should be aware when using new technology to not let it replace personal responsibilities.
The use of allusion is most prevalent in one passage in the story when describing what the children can, and have imagined in the nursery. Allusions are used to enhance the setting in the future utopia with negative uses of technology. The paragraph that has the most allusion said ““How many times in the last year has he opened this door and found Wonderland, Alice, the Mocking Turtle, or Aladdin and his Magical Lamp, or Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz, or Dr.Dolittle, or the cow jumping over a very real-appearing moon-all the delightful contraceptions of make-believe world,” and “How often had he seen Pegasus flying in the sky ceiling or seen fountains of red fireworks, or heard angel voices singing.”All of these familiar fairy tales represent the innocence of Peter and Wendy. Peter and Wendy also have the same name as the main characters from Peter Pan. “She”, Beth Kattelman, says, “notes that, while readers admire his imagination and creativity, they also appreciate his artistry”. All of the references to childrens stories just emphasize how the nursery should be a child friendly piece of technology, not a harmful one. Irony is consistent in “The Veldt”, especially considering the role of the nursery in the children’s lives. This nursery is taking the

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