(These are some comprehension questions and answers for the short story “The Veldt”)
1. How have advancements in technology affected the kids? The parents? The family as a whole?
The advances in technology affect the kids in a bad way by making them hold on to their hatred for their parents eventually growing to the point where the want to kill their parents. The advances in technology affect the parents by making them not have to do anything and make them forget to parent their kids with leads to the problem in the story. As a whole the technology has affected the family by separating them and making it so they don’t need or want to be around each other.
2. Why do you think the story was originally called “the World the Children Made”?
I think the story was originally called “the World the Children Made” because the children actually made their own world inside the nursery where they stayed, spent all their time in, and did everything in.
3. What explanations can you give for the father’s wallet and the mother’s scarf being in the nursery? What does this suggest about the events that follow?
The father’s wallet and the Mother’s scarf were in the nursery all bloodied to hint at that the kids were doing in the nursery. Which might have been imagining their parents being killed by lions. This suggests that they were planning on murdering their parents with the lions.
4. How does Bradbury create and maintain suspense? Give examples from the story.
Bradbury creates suspense in the story by constantly making the situation for the parents worse. Some examples of this are first, they find the nursery in the veldt lands which raises suspicion of the kids. Second, they find the bloodied wallet. Third they realize they can no longer control the nursery and fourth they find that the kids can still get in after they lock it.
5. Where is the irony in this story? What kind of irony is it? What is a satire?
Some examples of the irony in this story are:
a) The parents bought the nursery so the kids can work out their violent natures when it actually made them more violent. This is situational irony because what happens is the opposite of what you expect.
b) At first Lydia wanted to get rid of the nursery when George wanted to keep it but in the end Lydia wanted to keep it when George wanted to get rid of It. This is also situational irony because what happens is the opposite of what you expect
A satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity.
6. From what point of view is “The Veldt” told from? How does this affect our understanding of the story and characters? How is this different from the other stories we’ve read?
The point of view in the story is limited omniscient because you can know some of the parents thoughts but, you have to infer the kids thoughts. This affects our understanding of the story by making us have to figure out what is going on and pay attention to detail which makes it kind of like a mystery story. This also affects our understanding of the characters by making us know more about the parents than the kids, putting us in the perspective of a parent in the future. This makes this story different from the other stories we’ve read because in the other stories we’ve read we had enough foreshadowing and other information to know what is going on. Where in this story it is more mysterious and suspenseful.