Sample English Argumentative Essay Paper on The Veldt

The Veldt


Thesis Statement

Life is fashioned in our thoughts and spirituality. Guided thoughts can produce affirmative results. In the Veldt’s, does the unguided character of the children and over-dependency on the veldt drown the envisioned perception by the Hadley of a wonderful carefree life?    

The Veldt story presents Hadley family living in an automated home where anything could be created it only required one’s imagination. The basic daily chores were performed by the automation systems, for instance cooking, and clothing. The children, Peter and Wendy played near a nursery within their home. It provided fun and recreation activities, literally replacing their parents’ role because all they could think of were fulfilled by the nursery. The Hadley grew weary of the lifestyle as George Hadley, the father, deserted home for a better site in Iowa. The children resented the idea, because it would deprive them of joy. They even asked for a last opportunity to enter the nursery. The nursery appeared to be an experiment by David McClean and George Hadley (the two were psychologists and had set to study the children’s thinking pattern). The little one’s prank often caught their parents’ off-guard whenever they entered the nursery to study the wall patterns. The author, Bradbury, brings out the virtual realism expressed in the children’s minds of what they envisioned the world to be. He brings out themes like the savored freedom enjoyed by the children at their homes and the use of technology to ease home life.

The Hadleys had envisioned their home as a self-sustaining abode where their sheer presence authenticated the performance of other human tasks by automation. The Veldt creates a picture of a free environment, disposing the need for human effort for survival. The nursery was created for the children’s numerous entertainment activities. The nursery had been created to be run by imagination (a science fiction feat). They could create any environment they so wished, but the parents offered no guidance in terms of what and when they could create (Bradbury,41). The children recreated the African savannah with the lions in the vicinity and vultures prowling around the dead carcasses. The scene became more common in the nursery that it began to shape the thoughts of the kids. The careful scrutiny of the wall patterns by Mr. McClean and George Hadley revealed the fiery character of the kids as they depicted to be more violent in their thinking. The violent mindset of the children can be credited to the unlimited and unguided freedom they were accorded. It only remained for the children to chant their path of thought and see it through. The more they entertained the thought, the more creation of violent scenes leading to pranks on their parents. At one time, the children had locked the parents in the nursery from outside with the thought of hungry lions ready to devour the prey for supper being recreated. The scene nerved their mother almost scampering for safety, followed by George Hadley. Lydia pulled into regret of creating such a house (comparable to a nightmare). So entrenched in the mindset were they to even decide to murder their parents before the departure from the home. Actually, George Hadley and his wife’s resolution to abandon the home brought forth a sizzling recreation by the children-they generated a scene of their parents being eaten by the lions. They did it because they wanted to stay longer at home.

Over-reliance on technological dehumanizes, as depicted by ‘The Veldt’. The Hadleys had bought a self-sustaining home-the veldt. The machines carried much of the housework out, but the elder Hadleys had been through the proactive life before vacating to the veldt. The eased life increased their dependency on technology for the performance of the daily chores such that Lydia banished the thought of frying eggs for her husband, mainly because cooking with machines was unrivalled (Bradbury,32). She was actually recommending that they continue to cook the meal using machines. Likewise, the children never comprehended on the significance of a proactive life. The veldt was their only source entertainment and realizations of dreams-no parent’s supervision was needed as they carved out whatever they deemed fit. The children’s over-dependence on the nursery as their sole entertainment source overshadowed the role of their parents as the veldt provided whatever they needed or dreamt. To the elder Hadleys, the veldt is perceived as a helper for more relaxation periods, but was an unnecessary avoidance of their duties as parents.

Critical consequences arise with laxity to both the individual and family’s wellbeing. The nursery’s ability reshaped the thinking of Hadleys. Consequently, their life was built around the nursery perpetrating dormancy, in thinking and social life. The nursery attempted to eliminate the inconveniences and the hustle of constant contact with the outside world, but created beasts out of the children and two overruled robots (the parents). In most scenarios, the parents gave in to the children’s demand, not even thinking about the consequences of such freedoms. Hadley even said,

“We’ve given the children everything they ever wanted. Is this our reward—secrecy, disobedience (Bradbury,54)?”

 Their decision to vacate the nursery was reactionary, to create a much simpler proactive life. However, the decision was reversed once they allowed the children to play in the veldt before their departure. This slip of thought instigated their eventual ‘death’ in the nursery and failure to vacate their home. The slip of thought and easy-going mentality confirmed denial of parental responsibilities portrayed when they were reduced to prey for the lions. The environment shaped the mentality, spirituality, and additional aspects of humanity depicted in the text. The nursery molded the children’s perspective (towards the parents). Their attitude towards the parents had changed. George Hadley pronounced them as unwelcome. He said that the children never cared for their existence and wondered if the unlimited supply for the children’s desires perpetrated this. McClean, a psychologist, explained to the Hadleys how the nursery had replaced their roles as a mother and father for Peter and Wendy (Bradbury,53). However, the solution to this state was a change of environment. McClean proposed that they relocate to the countryside, where they would be self-sufficient, and the children more proactive. The resolve by the Hadleys created a new environment-that of susceptibility. The children felt defenseless, as their entertainment source would be starved forever; this ignited the thought of killing their parents to continue access on the nursery.


The Veldt is a captivating fictional text. Science imagination created the self-sustaining home owned by the Hadleys and driven by imagination. It described clearly the consequences that arise from their over-reliance on the nursery. The laxity created thereof reshaped the Hadleys’ mindset but became their downfall. The Hadleys’ life on the nursery unearthed the extremities (the good and the bad) of such innovation. Unfortunately, their overdependence on the nursery was their undoing as it led to their death.     


Bradbury, Ray. The Veldt. Illinois: Dramatic Publishing, 1972. print.