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How does Bradbury create and maintain suspense in "The Veldt"?

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An author has effectively created suspense when the reader feels compelled to keep reading to see what happens. Bradbury creates suspense and hints at danger in the first few lines of the story by letting the reader know that there is a problem with the children's nursery. The wife mentions the possibility of a psychologist examining the nursery, which causes the reader to question the necessity of her request. Why would a psychologist need to visit a room? When George and Lydia visit the nursery and see that the lions have been eating, George assumes the lions must have eaten an animal. Lydia, however, responds with, "Are you sure?" Her question creates more suspense because the reader again must question why she feels the way she does. Bradbury provides more clues that something...

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