Instead of leaving time for people to ponder the higher thoughts of spirituality and philosophy, a world run by machines leaves people open to boredom and thoughts riddled with fear, anger, and vengeance. And it is these results that make Bradbury very unhappy.
Background[ edit ] One of the events in Ray Bradbury's childhood that inspired him to become a writer was an encounter with a carnival magician named Mr.
Electrico who commanded him to "Live forever! Electrico, who spurred his passion for life by heralding him as the reincarnation of a friend lost in World War I.
After that memorable day, Bradbury began writing nonstop.
Kelly was encouraging of the idea, and Bradbury spent the next five weeks adapting his short story "The Black Ferris" into an page treatment. Bradbury then gradually expanded the treatment into the novel over a five-year period. He converted the benign presence of Mr. Electrico into a more sinister one and incorporated several members he met at the same carnival with Mr.
Electrico, including the Illustrated Man and the Skeleton Man. Both works are set in the fictitious Green Town based on Bradbury's hometown, Waukegan, Illinois but have different tones, with the seasons in which they are set reflecting different aspects of the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Plot summary[ edit ] The novel opens on an overcast October Two friends - William "Will" Halloway and Jim Nightshade - both on the verge of their fourteenth birthdays, encounter a strange lightning rod salesman, Tom Fury.
He announces that a storm is coming their way. Throughout the night, Will and Jim meet up with townsfolk who also sense something in the air: Among the townspeople is Will's year-old father, Charles Holloway who works in the local library, and who broods philosophically about life and the past. Holloway and the boys learn about the carnival that is to start the next day.
They are excited that a carnival has come so late in the year, but Charles Holloway has a bad feeling about it. The boys run out to watch the carnival arrive at three in the morning.
As the train pulls in, the smoke billows in circles and solidifies as the carnival. Holloway talks about this time of night as "soul's midnight," when men are closest to death, locked in the depths of despair.
The boys go the next day to explore the carnival and they encounter their seventh grade teacher, Miss Foley, who is dazed after visiting the Mirror Maze.
Jim insists on coming back that night and Will agrees, but when they bump into the lightning-rod salesman's abandoned bag, they realize that they must stay to learn what happens after dark.
After investigating all of the rides, they go up to a carousel, which has an out-of-order sign. Cooger suddenly grabs Will and Jim after they climb up on horses and he informs them the merry-go-round is broken.
Another man arrives and tells him to put them down, introducing himself as Mr. Dark and says that the huge man's name is Mr. Dark pays attention only to Jim, who is enthralled by what he sees. He then tells the boys to come back the next day and offers them passes to the carousel. They run away and then hide and wait.
Cooger riding backwards on the carousel as the music plays backwardsand when he steps off, to their shock, he is twelve years old.
They follow young Mr. Cooger to Miss Foley's house, where he pretends to be the nephew she was expecting. Jim tries to talk to with him, because he wants to ride the carousel, but Will stops him.Ray Bradbury: Short Stories Questions and Answers.
The Question and Answer section for Ray Bradbury: Short Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Ray Bradbury: Short Stories study guide contains a biography of Ray Bradbury, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis of select short stories.
About Ray Bradbury: Short Stories. Ray Bradbury has a point to make in his short story “The Veldt.” It is a rather simple and obvious point—Bradbury does not like machines.
But the . In a movie that consists of Ray Bradbury vignettes, the segment dealing with "the Veldt" ends with a psychologist discovering that two kids have fed their parents to lions in a "virtual" nursery.
Free summary and analysis of the events in Ray Bradbury's The Veldt that won't make you snore. We promise. Skip to navigation The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. Home / Literature / The Veldt / Brief Summary ; Short Short Short Version.
Oct 29, · The author behind the ultimate unreliable narrator, Amy from Gone Girl, keeps playing with the shifting sands of truth in this stand-alone short story. In “The Grownup,” the narrator appears.