Tutor profile: Lexi D.
After reading Ray Bradbury's short story, "The Veldt", analyze how the mood of the story connects to the theme.
After reading "The Veldt", readers learn that relying too much upon technology can be harmful. Bradbury shows this through several different literary elements. He specifically uses a strong mood that is hostile, anxious, and worrisome. Bradbury depicts a hostile mood to convey the problems that can come with too much reliance on technology. At the beginning of the story, Lydia expressed her unhappiness with their current situation saying, “‘That’s just it. I feel like I don’t belong here. The house is wife and mother now, and nurse for the children. Can I compete with an African veldt? Can I give a bath and clean the children as efficiently or quickly as the automatic body wash can? I cannot’” (Bradbury 3). As Lydia says this, the mood is anxious and tense as they are first beginning to realize that maybe they have relied on technology a little too much since they feel useless in their own house. Later in the story, the mood intensifies even further when George describes the nursery: “That sun. He could still feel it on his neck, like a hot paw. And the lions. And the smell of blood. Remarkable how the nursery read the thoughts in the children’s minds and created life to fill their every desire” (Bradbury 4). Bradbury’s description of the setting with the hot sun and smell of blood creates a hostile mood, and readers can see the dangers that the Hadley’s have created for themselves through the technologically advanced nursery. Through Lydia’s feelings and the description of the unwelcoming environment in the veldt, Bradbury paints a clear picture with the mood: technology can actually be dangerous to one’s well-being.
Subject: Basic Math
You are watching your neighbor's dogs. One dog eats 1 cup of food for breakfast and dinner each day. The second dog eats 1/2 a cup of food for breakfast and dinner each day. How many cups of food will you use when watching your neighbor's dogs for 2 days?
6 cups total. Dog #1 = 1 cup x 4 meals = 4 cups Dog #2 = 1/2 cup x 4 meals = 2 cups
Read the passage from the article, "In the age of Instagram, young people feel pressured to overspend, a survey shows" by USA Today, adapted by Newsela staff: "Rob Williams says the FOMO effect is 'clearly having an influence on one of the most important issues, which is balancing between spending today and accumulating wealth for later.' Williams is vice president of financial planning for the Schwab Center for Financial Research. He is an expert in helping people save money for the future." Based on your reading and the context provided, what does the word "accumulating" mean? Explain your reasoning.
The word accumulating means creating or gathering something. The article mentions accumulating in opposition to the word spending which tells me they are likely antonyms. Since spending means getting rid of something, accumulating must mean gathering something - in this case, wealth.
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