Ray Bradbury’s “The Veldt,” and Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” are prime example of how Americans take advantage of the little things in life. In today’s society people do not realize how easy they have it and will never fully understand the meaning of hard work. The children in “The Veldt” are disrespectful towards their family due to their disconnection to reality, and abandonment from their parents. “Metamorphosis” displays how the parents take advantage of their son and all the work he does for them. Both short stories display the lack of respect and abandonment towards their family members whether it’s taking advantage of them or under appreciating them due to being oblivious to their surroundings.
Abandonment occurs on two levels in Bradbury's story. First, the children are figuratively abandoned by their parents when they are left in the care of a technological baby sitter (Harold, 2001). As the character of David McClean tells George, "You've let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children's affections. This room is their mother and father, far more important in their lives than their real parents"(Bradbury, 163). This accidental abdication of parental responsibility sets the children up to become emotionally attached to the nursery. Then, when George threatens to turn off the nursery, the children are terrified because now they are going to be abandoned by their new, surrogate parent, the nursery.
“The Veldt” is a story about a successful family and the parents trying to give their kids everything in life to succeed. George and Lydia are the supportive parents who buy their kids, Wendy and Peter a $30,000 nursery that allows the kids to travel anywhere in the world just by thinking of it. “You sent out your thoughts. Whatever you thought would appear.” (Bradbury, 159)The Nursery starts off as a therapy tool to get in the heads of the kids to figure out their thoughts. “One of the original uses of these nurseries was so that we could study the patterns left on the walls by the child’s mind, study at our leisure, and help the child (Bradbury, 162). Throughout this story the kids cannot live without this device and turn away from their parents when they try to take it away from them. Technology is supposed to make life easier; however it turns this family into a mess. The kids turn dependent on this room and disrespect their parents when they try to take it away.
Wendy and Peter play devil’s advocate against their parent to get whatever they want. This is another way the kid disrespect their parents. George and Lydia agree that the kids need a break from the nursery and their smart house. They suggest the family goes on a vacation to get away from the technology. George suggests the idea to the kids and they immediately complain to Lydia and beg for the nursery. Lydia caves in and allows the kids a few more hours in the room. At this moment the kids know they have the parents in the palm of their hands and stray...