In "The Veldt," why does Bradbury call the children’s virtual-reality room their "nursery" rather than their "playroom" or "gameroom"?

In "The Veldt," Bradbury uses the word "nursery" in the story for ironic purposes. The word is associated with very young children, children who are still quite innocent, even babies. However, Peter and Wendy Hadley are not innocent at all. Like Wendy's father in Peter Pan, the Hadleys consider removing their children from the "nursery," but unlike the children in Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy choose to murder their parents in order to get their way.

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What is interesting about Ray Bradbury's choice to call the children's room their "nursery" rather than their playroom or something else is that "nursery" is a word which is typically associated with infants or very young children. Such young children, babies even, are very much associated with innocence. In the story of Peter Pan, for which George and Lydia Hadley's children—Peter and Wendy—seem to be named, the children still have a nursery, though Wendy's father believes it is now time for her to move into her own room. Wendy rails against this proposed change, not wanting to leave the nursery.

Peter and Wendy Hadley, on the other hand, seem to have already completely lost their innocence and ought to have been removed from the "nursery" long ago. The fact that this word is still used is terribly and awfully ironic, given the fact that Peter and Wendy, when not getting their way, plot to kill their parents in a horrifyingly brutal manner. When their parents discuss keeping the children from the nursery, as Mr. Darling does with Wendy in Peter Pan, these children actually plan their parents' demise, a comment on what being spoiled does to children's characters. George Hadley has said that "nothing's too good for our children," and now they have become entitled and cruel.

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