How connected does George Hadley feel to the world he is a part of?
In the science fiction short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury, George and Lydia install a virtual nursery in their technologically advanced home. In it, their children are able to construct elaborate and realistic fantasy worlds with their minds. At first, they play in landscapes such as the wonderland from Alice in Wonderland, the Land of Oz from The Wizard of Oz, and other places they learned of from storybooks and films. However, as "The Veldt" opens, they have constructed a realistic African landscape, complete with vultures and lions. George and Lydia try to get them to give this up, but eventually the children turn on them and lock them in the nursery to be devoured by the lions.
George Hadley, the father, feels connected to the real world, not to the fantasy world of the nursery. He considers the virtual landscapes of the nursery simulations and nothing more, and at first, he even enjoys the realism of the African plain. However, he eventually comes around to his wife's viewpoint that the gruesome veldt is unhealthy for the children and agrees with the psychologist he brings in, who tells him that the nursery has become a "channel toward destructive thoughts instead of a release away from them." George decides that he wants to get the children away from the nursery, so he plans a vacation in the real world, away from the technology that has caused them so many problems.
The children are the ones who have become disconnected with the real world. They plead and beg, and finally, George allows them a few more minutes in the nursery before they leave for the vacation. That's when the children manage to trap their parents in the nursery to be attacked by the lions.
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