The Veldt Questions and Answers
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In "The Veldt," why did Wendy and Peter focus their attention on the African veldt?

In "The Veldt," Wendy and Peter Hadley focus their attention on the African veldt because it is an environment where animals act without regard for the feelings of others. Wendy and Peter have essentially been raised by their Happylife Home instead of by their actual parents. They have not learned to feel empathy or love or loyalty, and they see their parents as obstacles to their freedom. The veldt offers a way to escape their parents' rules.

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The Hadley children are named after Wendy Darling and Peter Pan, children who live, for some time, quite happily and freely without parents. Peter Pan, especially, never wants to grow up, and Wendy Darling also chafes against the idea of leaving the nursery she shares with her two younger brothers. To an extent, both would like to remain as children forever but without the influence of parents, as this position would certainly award them the most freedom.

This is, evidently, what Peter and Wendy Hadley desire as well: they want to do what they want when they want, and their parents, George and Lydia, stand in their way when they limit the children's access to the nursery. Because the Hadley children have, essentially, been parented by the house itself via its various functions—rather than by people—they have not learned empathy or love, and they feel no loyalty toward the adults who do little to parent them and only serve as obstacles.

In the African veldt, the children observe a...

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