The Veldt Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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What incidents trigger the plot in "The Veldt"?

The incident that immediately triggers the plot can be found in the beginning of "The Veldt" when George and Lydia go into the nursery. However, the conflicts and interactions within this story are themselves shaped by deeper influences stretching further back in time, originating with the Hadleys' purchase of the Happy-life Home itself.

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The tricky thing about questions such as this one is that, in the vast majority of cases, writers will not begin their stories at the very beginning. Rather, in the act of reading, what you will usually observe is a far larger web of influences and cause-and-effect referring backwards into an earlier and unseen history. Such is the case in "The Veldt."

If you're looking for the story's inciting incident, it would be found in the beginning of the story, when Lydia and George...

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