The Veldt: Movie Analysis

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Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist, once said,“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” ( This idea is shown throughout Ray Bradbury’s “The Veldt.” The short story is set far in the future where technology is far more advanced than it is today. The underlying theme of “The Veldt” is to never underestimate technology for it can do amazing things. Many people think of technology as one of the best things to happen to the human race, but if you look closely it can also be destructive. George and Lydia Hadley wanted their children to have everything in life. They wanted their kids to have the perfect childhood. “They walked down the hall of their soundproofed Happylife Home, which had cost them thirty thousand dollars installed, this house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was food to them” (23-25). The Hadley’s never had to do a single chore for the rest of their life. This…show more content…
In the movie, directed by Alex Proyas, they have cars that drive by on their own and that hover off the ground and reach speed of 600 to 800 miles per hour. People have their own robots, controlled by an artificial intelligence, that do everything in the house. But just like “The Veldt” the technology turns evil because people underestimate it. Everyone thought that these robots would never harm them because of the three laws that they were programmed by. The first: a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. The second: a robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. The third: a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. These laws are eventually broken and the technology almost wipes out the human

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