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Ashley Batjer and Kevin Chen

The Veldt

"The Veldt" is a short story by Ray Bradbury that portrays a family comprising of two kids with a dependence on technology and two parents with a desire to take that technology away from them. They do not want the children to get hurt when the frightening figures in the nursery start to come to life. In the end, the parents are killed by a lion that devours them ravenously, and the children have become so reliant on the technology that they do not express any emotion toward their parents. This newspaper article shows how extremely advanced technology might even be able to outsmart humans. It mentions how hardcover books are now being replaced by tablets and how online courses may someday in the future eliminate the need for universities. Both the short story and the article show how technological advancements may increase efficiency in daily life, but an overdependence can create tumultuous issues for our modern society.

Fahrenheit 451

"The Veldt", "Deep Blue", and the newspaper article are all associated thematically with "Fahrenheit 451". They all show how a reliance on technology can corrupt a society. The short story and the song contain references to life, including the lions, and the novel uses the same analogy. "The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live..." (Bradbury 21).  All references show how technology is dead and alive at the same time. This symbolizes how technology prohibits knowledge and learning from a society. If something cannot receive new information, it may as well be dead. Bradbury also portrays technology causing death, which makes it appear harmful. Lastly, "Fahrenheit 451" shows a society where "school is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages [are] dropped..." (53). Every aspect has become immediate. The article, song, and short story also show this because technology is overused to provide efficiency in daily life. With this, all processes employing any thought are eliminated. All of the documents show that technology when overused clearly corrupts the society.

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