The Veldt BY RAY BRADBURY Ray Bradbury The

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The Veldt BY RAY BRADBURY

The Veldt BY RAY BRADBURY

Ray Bradbury "The Veldt" was written in 1950, by a man named Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury "The Veldt" was written in 1950, by a man named Ray Bradbury. It, like many of Bradbury’s short stories and like we discussed a moment ago, takes place in a house with abundant technology and the family who lives there: George and Lydia Hadley and their children, Wendy and Peter. The title is a mysterious one because it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the story. Does anyone know what a veldt is?

Setting is the physical location and time in which a story takes place To

Setting is the physical location and time in which a story takes place To identify setting, we must note the details the author provides concerning: ◦ The story’s location ◦ The time in which the action takes place

Mood Raise your hand if you’ve recently watched a scary movie? There’s always that

Mood Raise your hand if you’ve recently watched a scary movie? There’s always that one scene, you know, where the main character is all alone, at night, when no one else is around, and they make a crazy decision to go wander around in a dark, run-down, abandoned house. They start playing the scary music, and you just know that the killer is lurking there behind the door. Think about it… What feelings or reactions does that dark, empty house create? ” While we often associate setting with the “where” and “when, ” there is also an emotional effect of setting because the setting can create a mood or an atmosphere

Mood While we often associate setting with “where” and “when” there is also an

Mood While we often associate setting with “where” and “when” there is also an emotional effect of setting because the setting can create a mood or an atmosphere. A story’s mood is the feeling that a text conveys to its readers.

Mood "The day was perfect. The sun was out, the wind was pleasantly blowing,

Mood "The day was perfect. The sun was out, the wind was pleasantly blowing, and the waves were utterly perfect. " Setting? How does this setting make you feel? What mood is the author trying to create?

Setting How does a setting make you feel? Think about your favourite story. What

Setting How does a setting make you feel? Think about your favourite story. What did you feel while you were reading it? How did the Setting influence how you felt? Share with the class.

Mood & Characters We learn about the kind of people our characters in many

Mood & Characters We learn about the kind of people our characters in many different ways, but one way is through their reactions to the setting they’re in and the mood it conveys. So, as we’re reading, we should ask ourselves: o How do our characters react to the setting and the mood? Do they react in ways we might expect or not? o What does their reaction say about the type of people they might be?

Read the first section of “The Veldt” After reading paragraphs 1 -13 (paragraph 13

Read the first section of “The Veldt” After reading paragraphs 1 -13 (paragraph 13 ends with: “a hot yellow sun”), ask yourself: What type of house do the Hadleys live in? Why did George and Lydia buy the nursery for the children?

Questions Read P 14 -33. Paragraph 33 ends with: “appalled at the other’s reactions”

Questions Read P 14 -33. Paragraph 33 ends with: “appalled at the other’s reactions” Paragraph 37 starts with “Walls, Lydia” Paragraph 40 end with “not to read anymore on Africa” Paragraph 62 ends with “Of course not, ” he said. ”

What did you notice? What type of world has been created by Bradbury in

What did you notice? What type of world has been created by Bradbury in this story? What was the setting like in the nursery? What was the difference between Lydia and George’s reactions to the nursery? Do you think that this type of technology is a good thing? Why or why not?

Exit slip Describe the setting of the nursery in “The Veldt. ” What mood

Exit slip Describe the setting of the nursery in “The Veldt. ” What mood do these details establish? How do George and Lydia react to the setting and mood, and what’s your personal reaction to the setting and mood? Use complete sentences and evidence from the text to support your answer.

Day 2: Characterization The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a

Day 2: Characterization The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character Think about one of your favourite characters in books or movies. What are some adjectives that describe what kind of person they are?

Characterization types Direct – what the author tells us about the character Indirect –

Characterization types Direct – what the author tells us about the character Indirect – the actions of the character Dynamic –a character that changes throughout the story Static – a character who stays the same throughout the story.

Communicating Characterization An author will communicate characterization through: ØSpeech ØThoughts ØEffects on Others ØActions

Communicating Characterization An author will communicate characterization through: ØSpeech ØThoughts ØEffects on Others ØActions ØLooks

Characterization in Frozen

Characterization in Frozen

The Veldt: Review of last class What happened in the story up to this

The Veldt: Review of last class What happened in the story up to this point? What have we learned about the setting? Where does the story take place?

Questions Paragraph 63 at the top of page 120 starts: “at dinner they ate

Questions Paragraph 63 at the top of page 120 starts: “at dinner they ate alone” P 72 ends: “he had paid no attention” P 94 ends: “we’ll sit and watch” P 126 ends: “put Rima there instead of Lions? ” “Yes” P 148 ends: “a smell of cats was in the night air”

Exit slip How does Bradbury characterize George and Lydia in this story? What sort

Exit slip How does Bradbury characterize George and Lydia in this story? What sort of people are they? What does he say about Peter and Wendy? How do they interact with each other? Do you think this will get better or worse as the story continues? Why?

Day 3: Foreshadowing is clues that the author gives us about what will happen.

Day 3: Foreshadowing is clues that the author gives us about what will happen. Some things to look for: ◦ ◦ ◦ What people are saying The weather Animals acting weird A change in the character Bad things happening

Look for the foreshadowing…

Look for the foreshadowing…

Personification Giving human characteristics to something non-human Examples: Opportunity was knocking at the door

Personification Giving human characteristics to something non-human Examples: Opportunity was knocking at the door The stars danced playfully in the night Time flies Think of your own examples…

Songs that use personification

Songs that use personification

Personification What is the purpose? Why do authors use it in their writing?

Personification What is the purpose? Why do authors use it in their writing?

Questions Paragraph 149, at the bottom of page 124, starts: “Father? ” P 172

Questions Paragraph 149, at the bottom of page 124, starts: “Father? ” P 172 ends with “And Peter strolled off to the nursery. ” P 182, on page 126, starts with “There was a terrible screaming…” P 195 ends with “instead of a release away from them. ” P 206, near the bottom of p 127, starts with “The lions were finished with…” P 222 ends with “threw the switch that killed the nursery. ”

Exit slip What is personification? What is foreshadowing? Write a paragraph that outlines how

Exit slip What is personification? What is foreshadowing? Write a paragraph that outlines how Bradbury uses these literary devices in his writing. How are they effective in involving the reader in the story?

Day 4: Let’s look at the text again Go to page 127 and re-read

Day 4: Let’s look at the text again Go to page 127 and re-read the paragraph that starts with: “Everything. ” What does this paragraph tell us about the relationship between the parents and the children? How does technology fit in? What is Bradbury trying to get the reader to see by having the psychologist say this?

Questions P 223, in the middle of page 128, starts with “The children were

Questions P 223, in the middle of page 128, starts with “The children were in hysterics” P 241 ends with “just a minute, mind you. ” P 264 ends with “those other screams has sounded familiar. ”

Theme is the implied meaning of the work, or the message that the author

Theme is the implied meaning of the work, or the message that the author intends to convey to readers. o Authors develop theme through various “tools” that they use in their writing – they don’t come out and tell us the message we should take away from reading the text. o As a reader, it’s your job to dig into the text and determine the deeper meaning that the author is trying to convey. o To do this, you’ll need to examine how an author uses different “tools” to create and convey meaning.

Themes in “The Veldt” In “The Veldt, ” Bradbury conveys his theme through the

Themes in “The Veldt” In “The Veldt, ” Bradbury conveys his theme through the resolution of the conflict between the Hadley parents and the children. As readers, we need to study this resolution, asking ourselves: o How is the conflict resolved? o What actions of the parents and the children led to this resolution? o Why did the parents and children act in the ways they did? o What message is Bradbury aiming to convey to us about how we should and should not live our lives?

Themes: Consumerism George Hadley shows theme of consumerism because he believes in getting the

Themes: Consumerism George Hadley shows theme of consumerism because he believes in getting the best that money can buy for his family. George believes that he can show his family love by buying them things. Allowing material possessions to stand in for direct human interaction and expressions of love, however, is what ultimately sets George up as the enemy to his children. The theme is summed up near the end of the story when George asks Lydia, "What prompted us to buy a nightmare? " and she replies, "Pride, money, foolishness. “ . . . "the purchase of goods and services in ever-greater amounts. . . " -Wiki

Themes: Dystopia A society that is undesirable and/or frightening. It is the opposite of

Themes: Dystopia A society that is undesirable and/or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Dystopias often serve as warnings of potential dangers that can be brought on through the misuse of technology or power. In "The Veldt, " Bradbury turns the Hadley's Happy−life Home into a dystopia that gradually dehumanizes the children and destroys the parents. The dangers are revealed slowly through the story as George begins to realize that the wonderful home that he has provided for his family might not be so wonderful at all. His dream home actually turns into a nightmare.

Exit slip Through the shocking conclusion to “The Veldt, ” what message does Bradbury

Exit slip Through the shocking conclusion to “The Veldt, ” what message does Bradbury convey about the dangerous effects of technology on parents and children alike? In your answer be sure to: Clearly explain Bradbury’s stance on technology and its impact on people and families Explain how Bradbury uses the story’s conclusion to convey this message Support your response with two specific pieces of textual evidence and explain how your evidence supports your claim