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
Option # 1
Throughout the short story, The
Veldt, by Ray Bradbury, it reminded me of the many movies that have
portrayed technology to be the evil between the human races. This generation of
children has been relying on the simple life with technology. Like in The Veldt, Peter says, "That sounds
dreadful! Would I have to tie my own shoes instead of letting the shoe tier do
it? And brush my own teeth and comb my hair and give myself a bath?"
(Bradbury 272). Many children these days are using automatic devices such as a
toothbrush to brush their teeth rather than a manual one that is cheaper.
People would pay any amount just to make their life simpler.
reading The Veldt, I thought of the
movie I,Robot. I,Robot was based in the future like The Veldt was during the time it was written. Though I,Robot did have a house that did
everything for the people, there were robots and other technology controlled devices
that catered to the people’s needs. The main character, Detective Del Spooner,
played by Will Smith, relates to Lydia, the mother, in The Veldt. Lydia gets
this uncomfortable feeling about the nursery when she discovers what the
children have been thinking about and says, “It’s got to be locked, that’s all
there is to it” (Bradbury 266). Detective Spooner had an unfortunate accident
that involved one of the robots saving his life rather than the young girl in
the other car because the chances of his life were higher than hers. He then
did not trust a robot or electronically controlled devices again.
the end of the short story and the movie, technology took control of the humans’
lives. Even though the children were the ones thinking of the horrible ending
of their parents, it was the technology of the house that paralyzed them to a
certain degree. George Hadley said “They’ve been spoiled and we’re spoiled”
(Bradbury271). People become dependent
on the use of technology that doing things for themselves is a difficult task. Therefore,
the robots evolved and believed that killing every human that gets in their way
is better for the world. It’s ironic that if it wasn’t for humans, robots
children wanted revenge on their parents, like Detective Spooner wanted revenge
for the little girl’s life. The hatred of authority opened up doors for revenge
to travel through. Technology became the evil between human beings. Some are on
the side of technology, and some are on the “carefree one-for-all existence”
Bradbury, Ray. “The Veldt”. American Gothic Tales. Ed. Joyce Carol Oates. New York: Plume, 1996. 264-77. Print.