Use Of Foreshadowing, Allusion, And Irony In Ray Bradbury´S The Veldt

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“The Veldt” is a short and twisting story written in 1950 by Ray Bradbury about the Hadley family who lives in a futuristic world that ends up “ruining human relationships and destroying the minds of children” (Hart). The house they live in is no ordinary home, Bradbury was very creative and optimistic when predicting future technology in homes. This house does everything for the residence including tying shoes, making food, and even rocking them to sleep. The favourite room of the children, Peter and Wendy, is the forty by forty foot nursery. This room’s setting reacts to the children’s thoughts. Everything from the temperature to the ground’s texture responds to the environment Wendy and Peter imagine, and in this case, an African veldt. All the advanced technology is intended for positive uses, but instead, becomes negative, consumerism catches up, and does harm by coming to life, and killing Lynda and Bob Hadley. Ray Bradbury develops his theme that consumerism is a negative concept, in his short story, “The Veldt” through the use of foreshadowing, allusion, and irony.
Throughout “The Veldt”, clues of what will happen next occur constantly in the form of foreshadowing. All the forms of foreshadowing are negative and ultimately lead up to the death of the Hadley parents. Three different incidences of foreshadowing are the familiar screams, carcasses being devoured, and possessions found out of place. Examples include “And suddenly they realized why those other screams had sounded familiar”, “They've just been eating," said Lydia. "I don't know what”, “There were drops of saliva on it, it had been chewed, and there were blood smears on both sides”. Kattelman says in her Critical Essay, “The opening definitely lets the reader know that something strange is going on here”(Hart). These three examples foreshadow the imposing death of the Hadley parents. This reinforces the theme that this extreme consumerism in this futuristic world is negative. Consumers should be aware when using new technology to not let it replace personal responsibilities.
The use of allusion is most prevalent in one passage in the story when describing what the children can, and have imagined in the nursery. Allusions are used to enhance the setting in the future utopia with negative uses of technology. The paragraph that has the most allusion said ““How many times in the last year has he opened this door and found Wonderland, Alice, the Mocking Turtle, or Aladdin and his Magical Lamp, or Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz, or Dr.Dolittle, or the cow jumping over a very real-appearing moon-all the delightful contraceptions of make-believe world,” and “How often had he seen Pegasus flying in the sky ceiling or seen fountains of red fireworks, or heard angel voices singing.”All of these...

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