The Veldt Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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Of all the worlds, both real and imaginary, that would appeal to children, why do you suppose Wendy and Peter chose to focus their attention on the African veldt in "The Veldt"?

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The classic science fiction short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury tells of some parents who have invested in a technologically advanced home and have installed a virtual nursery for their children. The nursery can create imaginary landscapes for the users. When the story opens, the children have an African veldt in the nursery, complete with lions and vultures. Their parents wonder if it's good for the children, and they threaten to shut down the nursery. The children, in turn, lock their parents within the African landscape and let the lions devour them.

In answer to the question, it is important to understand the timeframe in which the story takes place. The children have already been playing with the nursery for some time. In the beginning, as their father recalls, they created Alice's wonderland, Aladdin's kingdom, Oz, and other worlds from fairy tales and legends. The African veldt is a recent occurrence. As the psychologist who visits explains, the room has "become a channel towards...

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