The Veldt

Katie  Yeager and Sara Scheffler  (Lolo's Minions)

A theme in The Veldt is that it is important for parents to not spoil their children.

We found this theme in the song "Fabulous", sung by Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans) in High School Musical.

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A child was seen on the subway in Nanjing, China hitting his grandmother with a bottle on May 18, 2014. When she tried to stop him, the boy became angrier and hit her harder. It was reported that this occurred because the child was spoiled by his parents. This is yet another example of the theme that it is important for parents to not spoil their children. In The Veldt, the children's parents only bought them the latest and greatest technologies. This proved to be a mistake in the end when  children killed their parents after they attempted to take away the children's technology. This article explains that "loving does not mean spoiling. Elders love their offspring. The key is how to protect them and how to guide them". They enforce the theme that it is important for parents to not spoil their children because if they do, the children are prone to throwing tantrums when they do not get their way.  In F451, parents just let their kids run wild, spoiling them with freedom when they are not doing the right things-"head for a Fun Park to bully people..break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball"(Bradbury). In the song, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", it is obvious that parents and kids are both just oblivious to everything and do not even know how to live or talk without doing something completely mindless which connects back to F451, where the parents don't do anything about their kids horrific behavior-"everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another"(Bradbury)- the parents just do not care enough to not spoil their kids. And finally, the song, "Fabulous" just goes to show you that if the kids do not get their way- everything falls apart-which further contributes to the theme that spoiling your kids is probably the worst thing you could do as a parent.

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