The Veldt
by Ray Bradbury
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Learning Outcomes
In this unit you will:
• Read at least two short stories – The Other Foot and The
Veldt by Ray Bradbury....
Background to this short story:
Comes from a collection called The
Illustrated Man
Sci Fi written in 1951
Domestic Gothic ...
A Veldt: Any of the open grazing
areas of southern Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68k
Plot & narrative structure
Read the story and then complete the chart:
Exposition Rising action Climax Falling action Reso...
Think creatively: Imagine that you had a
“Happy-life Home” installed:
Describe what you would have
automatically done for ...
Themes:Revenge
Children often feel powerless against
adults and create elaborate fantasies in
which they have the power to...
Thoughts on revenge:
discussion
Why do people want to get revenge
on others?
Is this a healthy way to think?
Why/why not?
...
Revenge: Make notes
1. Describe an example of revenge from the
story.
2. Include a quote.
3. Explain what we can learn fro...
Themes: Illusion Versus Reality
George ultimately agrees to turn on the nursery
one more time, thus putting himself and hi...
Do you believe that there is a
definite distinction between
illusion and reality?
Can you think of an example
of an ‘illus...
Illusion Versus Reality: make
notes
1. Describe an example of this theme from
the story.
2. Include a quote.
3. Explain wh...
Language: Simile: make notes
: When Wendy and Peter return home Bradbury
describes them as having "cheeks like
peppermint ...
Language:Personification: make
notes
Bradbury personifies the nursery and the house
itself by attributing emotions to thes...
Characters: George Hadley
George Hadley is a father who wants to provide the best for
his family. He loves his children, a...
Make notes on George under
the following headings:
Characteristic
Quote to show this characteristic
Significance in the st...
Lydia Hadley
Lydia Hadley is a caring mother who loves her husband and
her children.
She is concerned that the high-tech h...
Lydia Hadley
Complete the brainstorm and record a quote to support each
of the points made on the previous slide. Use a br...
Peter Hadley
Peter Hadley is a spoiled ten-year-old boy who does not like
to be told "no."
He dominates his twin sister, W...
Peter Hadley:
Record 3 quotes that help describe
Peter’s personality.
Explain how Peter shows the theme of
revenge in the ...
Wendy Hadley
Wendy Hadley is ten years old and is Peter's twin sister. She
is a follower who obeys the wishes of her broth...
Compile notes on Wendy:
Characteristics in her personality
Quotes to show this
Significance to the story
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  1. 1. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
  2. 2. Open this work up in Keynote/ Powerpoint You will be required to answer questions and make notes Add slides to do this and keep all your work together
  3. 3. Learning Outcomes In this unit you will: • Read at least two short stories – The Other Foot and The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. • Identify and describe the features and the way a plot is structured. • Identify and describe key characters and their motivation. • Explain the effectiveness of the language used in these stories. • Identify and describe the key themes and explain what the author wants us to think about. • Write in a formal style to review the short stories.
  4. 4. Background to this short story: Comes from a collection called The Illustrated Man Sci Fi written in 1951 Domestic Gothic fiction= domestic nightmares Common theme: Negative effects of technology on gender roles and family units
  5. 5. A Veldt: Any of the open grazing areas of southern Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68k
  6. 6. Plot & narrative structure Read the story and then complete the chart: Exposition Rising action Climax Falling action Resolution
  7. 7. Think creatively: Imagine that you had a “Happy-life Home” installed: Describe what you would have automatically done for you. OR Describe the fantasy land which your living room would transform into. Create your dream room in Pic Collage
  8. 8. Themes:Revenge Children often feel powerless against adults and create elaborate fantasies in which they have the power to conquer any adult who refuses to give them what they want. George triggers these fantasies in Peter and Wendy when he forbids them to take the rocket to New York. The children are used to getting their own way, and they become very angry when they cannot have what they want. Thus the cycle of revenge is set in motion.
  9. 9. Thoughts on revenge: discussion Why do people want to get revenge on others? Is this a healthy way to think? Why/why not? What are the possible consequences of taking revenge? Describe a time when you have taken revenge on someone.
  10. 10. Revenge: Make notes 1. Describe an example of revenge from the story. 2. Include a quote. 3. Explain what we can learn from this situation.
  11. 11. Themes: Illusion Versus Reality George ultimately agrees to turn on the nursery one more time, thus putting himself and his wife in jeopardy, because he believes that there is a definite distinction between illusion and reality. Something that is an illusion can never become truly "real." This is why George believes that the lions pose no real threat. They are only part of a machine that creates wonderful illusions, "Walls, Lydia, remember; crystal walls, that's all they are. Oh, they look real, I must admit — Africa in your parlour”
  12. 12. Do you believe that there is a definite distinction between illusion and reality? Can you think of an example of an ‘illusion’ in our world that people may see as harmless but can have an effect on people’s behaviour? Describe the positive and negative effects it can have.
  13. 13. Illusion Versus Reality: make notes 1. Describe an example of this theme from the story. 2. Include a quote. 3. Explain what we can learn from this situation.
  14. 14. Language: Simile: make notes : When Wendy and Peter return home Bradbury describes them as having "cheeks like peppermint candy, eyes like bright blue agate marbles." The simile serves to emphasize the fact that these are two cute, energetic children who might be found in any typical middle-American family. Record 2 more examples of similes and explain their purpose.
  15. 15. Language:Personification: make notes Bradbury personifies the nursery and the house itself by attributing emotions to these inanimate objects, "'I don't imagine the room will like being turned off,' said the father. 'Nothing likes to die — even a room” “ I wonder if it hates me for wanting to switch it off?'" By turning the house into a living, breathing entity through personification, Bradbury heightens the tension and the threat. Now the parents are not only fighting their children, they are also pitted against a technological monster that is working to destroy them. Record 2 more examples of personification and explain the purpose of each.
  16. 16. Characters: George Hadley George Hadley is a father who wants to provide the best for his family. He loves his children, and is concerned about their welfare. He does not like acting as a disciplinarian, but will punish the children when necessary. Throughout the story, George slowly becomes frustrated with the effect the house is having on his family. He cares more for his family than he does for the convenience the automated house can provide; and therefore, he has no problem turning off the house. George does not jump to conclusions and tries to take a very logical approach to problems. George's logical nature is the reason that he does not realize the true danger of the nursery until it is too late.
  17. 17. Make notes on George under the following headings: Characteristic Quote to show this characteristic Significance in the story
  18. 18. Lydia Hadley Lydia Hadley is a caring mother who loves her husband and her children. She is concerned that the high-tech home they are living in is having a negative effect upon the family relationships, and she longs for a return to a more traditional setting. Lydia has a strong intuition about the threat the nursery poses. Lydia wants to do what is right, but she has a hard time following through with discipline and tends to give in to her children.
  19. 19. Lydia Hadley Complete the brainstorm and record a quote to support each of the points made on the previous slide. Use a brain storm app like Popplet. Lydia
  20. 20. Peter Hadley Peter Hadley is a spoiled ten-year-old boy who does not like to be told "no." He dominates his twin sister, Wendy, and often orders her around. Peter is very strong-willed and is not afraid to stand up to his father. He has a high I.Q. and is especially knowledgeable when it comes to technology. Peter is a cold and calculating little boy who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He is not above using threats and even murder to accomplish his objectives.
  21. 21. Peter Hadley: Record 3 quotes that help describe Peter’s personality. Explain how Peter shows the theme of revenge in the story.
  22. 22. Wendy Hadley Wendy Hadley is ten years old and is Peter's twin sister. She is a follower who obeys the wishes of her brother. She is extremely emotionally dependent upon the nursery and is devastated when her father threatens to turn it off permanently. Wendy has no emotional connection to her parents whatsoever and, therefore, has no remorse for setting them up to be killed.
  23. 23. Compile notes on Wendy: Characteristics in her personality Quotes to show this Significance to the story

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