This site is devoted to finding the gothic in everyday life. The authors are TCU students enrolled in Ms. Kassia Waggoner's Intro to Literature: The American Gothic class for the fall of 2013. We will be dissecting common motifs found in our readings and searching for connections in pop-culture. Our goal is to demonstrate that gothic literature is applicable and relatable to our lives and society today.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Five Star Sci-Fi
Veldt by Ray Bradbury was a very suspenseful and eye opening read. In this
futuristic sci-fi short story, technology is far more advanced and the
characters rely on machines to live their everyday lives. In the story, George
and Lydia are concerned parents about what their children have been watching in
the nursery, a room that simulates whatever or wherever you wish. The children
have developed an obsession with this simulation room. George and Lydia wonder
why their children are always watching African lions feeding on meat.
give this story five stars because throughout the story, Bradbury sprinkles in
attention grabbing motifs to keep the reader on edge. The uncanny motif is used
when the parents move away from the closed nursery door after seeing the
African lions, noticing how they “saw it tremble as if something had jumped
against it” (367). The sublime is
prominent in how the children view the nursery as an important part of their
life. George even says in an argument with his wife that “[The kids] live for
the nursery” (266). At one point in the story, the psychologist says, “this
room is their mother and father” (274). Towards
the end of the story, Peter talks to the house as if it could listen when he
says “Don’t let them do it... Don’t let Father kill everything” (275). The haunting sense of mystery is drawn out as George
finds both his own old wallet and later Lydia’s scarf all bloody and torn up in
the nursery (270, 275). Also, Bradbury laced in mystery with foreshadowing in
the story when Lydia mentioned how the screams that came from the nursery sounded
familiar, and they find out later they were hearing their own screams. Revenge
is obvious as the children’s motive for killing their parents. The psychologist
points out clues when he says “[the nursery] has become a channel
toward--destructive thoughts, instead of a release away from them” (274). The weather in the nursery is noted when the
psychologist says, “No wonder there’s hatred here. You can feel it coming out
of the sky” (274).
Bradbury, Ray. “The Veldt.” American Gothic Tales. Ed. Joyce Carol Oates. New York: The Penguin Group. 264-277. Print.