Provide an objective analysis of “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury

Provide an objective analysis of “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, 1950 by doing the following:
1. Describe the literary work. Your description should include:
• Form (short story, novel, etc.)
• Summary of the work Including:
a. The mood(s) of the literary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the mood(s).
b. The theme(s) (i.e., overarching ideas or concepts) you see in the literary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the theme(s).
c. Your interpretation of meaning found in the work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the meaning.
• Author’s style, technique and/or characteristics
2. Choose four of the elements of literature outlined below and describe how they are used in the literary work.
• Allegory – narrative form in which the characters are representative of some larger humanistic trait (i.e. greed, vanity, or bravery) and attempt to convey some larger lesson or meaning to life. Although allegory was originally and traditionally character based, modern allegories tend to parallel story and theme.
• Character – representation of a person, place, or thing performing traditionally human activities or functions in a work of fiction
• Diction – word choice that both conveys and emphasizes the meaning or theme of a poem through distinctions in sound, look, rhythm, syllable, letters, and definition
• Figurative language – the use of words to express meaning beyond the literal meaning of the words themselves
• Metaphor – contrasting to seemingly unalike things to enhance the meaning of a situation or theme without using like or as
• Simile – contrasting to seemingly unalike things to enhance the meaning of a situation or theme using like or as
• Imagery – the author’s attempt to create a mental picture (or reference point) in the mind of the reader. Remember, though the most immediate forms of imagery are visual, strong and effective imagery can be used to invoke an emotional, sensational (taste, touch, smell etc) or even physical response.
• Meter – measure or structuring of rhythm in a poem
• Foreshadowing – When the writer clues the reader in to something that will eventually occur in the story; it may be explicit (obvious) or implied (disguised).
• Suspense – The tension that the author uses to create a feeling of discomfort about the unknown
• Conflict – Struggle between opposing forces.
• Exposition – Background information regarding the setting, characters, plot.
• Rising Action – The process the story follows as it builds to its main conflict
• Crisis – A significant turning point in the story that determines how it must end
• Resolution/Denouement – The way the story turns out.
• Narrator – The person telling the story who may or may not be a character in the story.
• Rhythm – often thought of as a poem’s timing. Rhythm is the juxtaposition of stressed and unstressed beats in a poem, and is often used to give the reader a lens through which to move through the work. (See meter and foot)
• Setting – the place or location of the action. The setting provides the historical and cultural context for characters. It often can symbolize the emotional state of characters. Example – In Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, the crumbling old mansion reflects the decaying state of both the family and the narrator’s mind. We also see this type of emphasis on setting in Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice.
• Speaker – the person delivering the poem. Remember, a poem does not have to have a speaker, and the speaker and the poet are not necessarily one in the same.
• Structure (fiction) – The way that the writer arranges the plot of a story.
• Structure (poetry) – The pattern of organization of a poem. For example, a Shakespearean sonnet is a 14-line poem written in iambic pentameter. Because the sonnet is strictly constrained, it is considered a closed or fixed form. An open or free form poem has looser form, or perhaps one of the author’s invention, but it is important to remember that these poems are not necessarily formless.
• Symbolism – when an object is meant to be representative of something or an idea greater than the object itself.
• Tone – the implied attitude towards the subject of the poem. Is it hopeful, pessimistic, dreary, worried? A poet conveys tone by combining all of the elements listed above to create a precise impression on the reader.

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