Theme Connection to Fahrenheit 451
by Michelle Edgar, Quinn Hughes and Kristen Haggerty
Connection To a Poem
This poem "Technology is Changing the World", emphasizes how especially this generation, is addicted to screens and technology, and it is too late to change. It suggests that even adults have become dependent on screens and must have them to function in work and daily activities. This generation of teenagers did not grow up with iPads or as many screens, but this poem states that from now on everyone will grow up with technology and be dependent on it to survive. This connects to "The Veldt" because the kids are extremely addicted to their 'nursery' and all around their house, showing how kids are dependent on their technology to survive.
Connection to an Article/Current Event
In this article "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12" by Cris Rowan, one reason that devices should be banned from kids is that the screen addiction causes aggression. The article also states another effect of technology on kids is that they become addicted and detached from their parents. All of these effects relate to "The Veldt". This connects to the theme in "The Veldt" of how the overuse of technology can result in abandonment and violence in one's family.
Connection to Fahrenheit 451
In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, there is also a connection to the theme of negative effects on the family as seen in the article and "The Veldt". "I plunk the children in school nine days out of ten. I put up with them when they come home three days a month; it's not bad at all. You heave them into the 'parlour' and turn the switch. It's like washing clothes; stuff laundry in and slam the lid" (Bradbury 46). This quote shows how detached the parents and kids are. The parents don't even spend time with their children, they just put theme in front of a screen. "My uncle says his grandfather remembered when children didn't kill each other. But that was a long time ago when they had things different" (Bradbury 14). This quote shows how the dependence on technology in society has caused kids to be violent. Kids go around killing each other and speeding down highways. Both these quotes suggest that technology in society causes negative effects on children and families in societies.