"The Veldt" Theme Analysis
By Andrew Kliewer and Ben Smith
The Telegraph story about infants being unable to walk connects thematically with The Veldt, in that in both the central theme is that children’s addiction to technology fueled by society’s obsession with it can damage them psychologically and destroy their ability to interact with society. In The Veldt, children are so addicted to technology that it manages to completely replace their parents for their affections, and they even kill their parents when they try to prevent them from using it. While not as extreme, in the news story it is shown that technology can have shocking affects on kids, such as hurting their ability to do simple tasks like complete a multiple choice exam or play with building blocks. In both the story and The Veldt, children are so consumed by technology that they fail to do things that we would consider normal for children such as play with toys and love their parents. Instead, technology twists them so much that it is not a tool for them to use. Instead, they are a slave of technology.
6. The Telegraph story, both The Veldt song and story, and Fahrenheit 451 share the common theme of society’s collective addiction to technology damaging people’s ability to interact fully with society. In Fahrenheit, almost all Mildred can think about is getting a fourth wall-TV, which is “only two-thousand dollars," a large amount of money, but clearly not a concern to her.(Bradbury 18). She cares for her “family”, which is in reality a TV show, more than her actual husband or anyone else. She can’t even remember where she met her husband, and doesn’t even care, focusing only on memorizing a script that she endlessly recites to a TV, which she is clearly addicted to. When thinking about her, Montag wonders, “how do you get so empty?” because there are no deep thoughts or meaningful emotions occurring in Mildred’s brain (Bradbury 41). Other members of society are clearly damaged by technology as well. Montag realizes that when he is almost run over by a car driven by children “for no reason in the world” (Bradbury 122). The children mess around with cars and even kill people because true human interaction and the value of human life means nothing to them, replaced by machines. This is shown as well in The Veldt, in which the children kill their parents because they value an electronic room over them. The song symbolizes this by using imagery to show the children’s addiction to technology and discontent with their parents. Finally, the article shows this theme because it tells of how kids are unable to accomplish even simple tasks that are crucial to developing knowledge of the world because they are so focused on technology and ignorant of things that do not pertain to it.