The Veldt Literary Analysis

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The Veldt by Ray Bradbury is a story taking place in the far future where everything is automated. The story begins with Lydia and George Hadley a married couple living with two children, Wendy and Peter, in a house that washes feeds and clothes them. The children have become attached to the nursery, a room that makes anything they imagine appear using virtual reality. The parents feel useless in a house that does everything and slowly lose their perception of being a parent to the children. However more the children the machines that do everything are becoming more as a parental figure. Another one of their concerns is that the children have made the nursery stuck to only showing a veldt that has many lions eating some sort of animal and occasionally they hear awfully familiar screams. Concerned with their children they call a psychologist who recommends that they turn off all the machines and learn to become more independent. Lydia and George Hadley do so and wendy and peter respond with tantrums because to them their father is the house and their mother is the nursery, they live for it. Eventually they beg to see the nursery just one last time the parents for one last time…show more content…
In the story the parents believe that the children are having too much power from the nursery being able to create universes and imagine things into their own existence. This scenario falls is a god complex. “[A] god complex is a widespread psychological illusion of unlimited personal potential” whether that be physically or through privilege/power. To the children they have gained a god complex by having privilege over all the robots and the power to create virtual universes. More evidence that they have a god complex is that people with a god complex are usually much more critical to other people, in this story it’s their parents who are feeling less dominant in the family, unable to control their own

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