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What is the initial incident in "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury?

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Posted September 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM via web

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What is the initial incident in "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM (Answer #1)

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“The Veldt” begins when a wife tells her husband there is something wrong with the nursery in their automated house.

The initial incident is the event that first gets a story running. The couple lives in a “Happy-Life Home” that takes care of their every need.  They added a nursery, which was automated to look like an African Veldt.

The lions were coming. And again George Hadley was filled with admiration for the mechanical genius who had conceived this room. A miracle of efficiency selling for an  absurdly low price. Every home should have one. (p. 2)

The wife saying something is wrong, and the coming of the lions in the nursery, are both the inciting incident.  Although they close the door and leave the nursery, the wife, Lydia, still thinks the nursery is too real, even though George, the husband, does not think so.  He says the nursery is just a technological marvel and designed to look real, but there is nothing to worry about.

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