posted by matt on .
Can someone please help, I'm supose to write explaining what advice one would give George and Lydia Hadley on how to be become better parents. I don't understand this passage so I don't know what to write.
"I don’t know anything," he said, "except that I’m beginning to be sorry we bought that room for the children. If children are neurotic at all, a room like that—"
"It’s supposed to help them work off their neuroses in a healthful way."
"I’m starting to wonder." He stared at the ceiling.
"We’ve given the children everything they ever wanted. Is this our reward—secrecy, disobedience?"
"Who was it who said, ‘Children are carpets, they should be stepped on occasionally’? We’ve never lifted a hand. They’re insufferable—let’s admit it. They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were offspring. They’re spoiled and we’re spoiled."
"They’ve been acting funny ever since you forbade them to take the rocket to New York a few months ago."
"They’re not old enough to do that alone, I explained."
"Nevertheless, I’ve noticed they’ve been decidedly cool toward us since."
"I think I’ll have Dave McClean come tomorrow morning to have a look at Africa."
"But it’s not Africa now, it’s Green Mansions country and Rima."
"I have a feeling it’ll be Africa again before then."
A moment later they heard the screams.
Two screams.Two people screaming from downstairs.And then a roar of lions.
"Wendy and Peter aren’t in their rooms," said his wife.
He lay in his bed with his beating heart. "No," he said. "They’ve broken into the nursery."
"Those screams—they sound familiar."
This is from Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt."
I suggest you read the full story.
Here's a summary of it.
Now -- back to your assignment. Bradbury has made it obvious that giving children everything has backfired. The children are out of control. What do you think the parents should do differently now?