TODAY'S LITERARY LESSON: THE VELDT - THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Monday, March 11, 2013

TODAY'S LITERARY LESSON: THE VELDT

THE VELDT: its not just your most recent fave Deadmau5 song: 



So before Deadmau5 came up with another musical masterpiece there was a whole sickly story about this shit;



OKAY HERE'S HOW THE STORY GOES:

The book called the Veldt is actually a Novella that I think was published in the Post.. It starts out w/ this  family lives in an automated house called "The Happylife Home," filled with machines that do everything for them from cooking meals, to clothing them, to rocking them to sleep. creepy, right??


The two children, Peter and Wendy (umm Peter Pan much?)  become fascinated with the "nursery" which is this place that can automatically telepathically put the kids anywhere they imagine.

The parents, George and Lydia, soon realize that there is something wrong with their way of life. The Parents also perplexed that the nursery is stuck in a Safari like environment and there are hella lions in the distance, eating the dead carcass. they notice there is also some shit from their house out w/ the Lions.


OBVIOUSLY they freak and cause a psychologist, worried why their kids want to watch lions kill and eat shit. PLUS THEY ARE PROB in danger playing out in the wilderness and shit. 

So this psycholigist comes over and suggests they turn off the house, move to the country, and learn to be more self-sufficient. The children, completely addicted to the nursery, beg their parents to let them have one last visit. The nursery has replaced their real parents. They live for the nursery. The parents relent, and agree to let them spend a few more minutes there. 




When they come to the nursery to fetch the children, the children lock them in from the outside. George and Lydia look on as the lions begin to advance towards them. At that point, they realize that what the lions were eating in the distance was not an animal, but their own simulated remains. When the psychologist comes by to look for George and Lydia, he finds the kids instead enjoying lunch on the veldt and realizes that the parents were loured by the kids to the lions who are now chowing down on their remains. The kids finally decided on the nursery instead of their parents


Pretty gruesome right??????

I don't know if there is really a moral here: 
  • Kids are fucking evil?
  • Don't take away a child's toy?
  • Children have more power than adults think?
Now go Ponder why Deadmau5 wrote a song about kids who kill their parents. I expect a 7 page essay on this topic on my desk tomorrow morning before class. Dismissed.

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READ THE FULL STORY HERE (highlighting the part when shit hits the fan w/ the African Nursery) : CLICK ME!

 now you're smarter. YAY.

and heres the vidie.



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