The Veldt Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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What are the effects of the house and nursery on the children in "The Veldt"? In what ways does Bradbury depict these effects as dangerous (to the children and to society)?

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The Hadleys move into the Happylife Home, their automated dream house that does everything for them. They pay extra for a nursery with walls that act as super-realistic television screens.

Though the Hadleys think they have done the right thing in buying this house, they begin to learn they are wrong. The children become very spoiled by having everything done for them. The nursery, which caters to their every whim, becomes their new "parent." By the time Mrs. Hadley starts to get alarmed, the children are already enacting a fantasy where, unbeknownst to their parents, they are having them killed and eaten over and over by the lions in the veldt scenes they watch obsessively.

Bradbury is saying that too much technology can be very bad for children. Children need hands-on human parents who provide boundaries and discipline so that the children understand that the world doesn't revolve around them. With no check on their desires, children can easily turn into monsters.

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