How does the house in the story "The Veldt" contribute to the parents and childrens physical being?

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whytaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The house does several things for the family that on the surface appears to be beneficial, but in the end has merely made the family dependent on the house for their well being.  The house cooks for the family, and when they are done eating, it even does the dishes.  It becomes clear that the family used to know how to cook for themselves, but now, they do not.  The house tries to soothe them when they are upset, illustrated by the beds trying to rock the mother and father to sleep when they are upset about the children.  The house also cleans the family with automatic scrubbers and washers.  The house also entertains them in the nursery and tailors itself to their wants and desires.

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