Ray Bradbury: Short Stories

15. The story ends in violence and death. Would you call it an accident, or murder? Who is most responsible for what happened? Who is innocent? How could this ending have been avoided?

Bradbury's "The Veldt"

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The end of the Veldt was an act of murder. The children purposely trapped their parents in the room knowing that the lions were something more than a mere image. The parents were naive and rather clueless about what they had let their children become. The parents had let technology raise their children. The children had no boundaries or sense of empathy. The tragedy could have been avoided if the parents had unplugged the house and actually parented their children.