What is the nursery and what do the walls of the nursery reflect in "The Veldt"?
In Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” the nursery is an enormous and expensive room that George and Lydia have installed for their children Wendy and Peter. Its blank, two-dimensional walls can become anything the children imagine. As the story unfolds, the walls of the nursery reflect the beauty and danger inherent in bringing children’s selfish, reckless, and unchecked desires to life.
In particular, Wendy and Peter become obsessed with the environment of an African veldt, complete with lions so real they frighten their mother:
“Walls, Lydia, remember; crystal walls, that’s all they are. Oh, they look real, I must admit – Africa in your parlor – but it’s all dimensional, superreactionary, supersensitive color film and mental tape film behind glass screens. It’s all odorophonics and sonics, Lydia.”
As it turns out, Lydia’s fear is well-founded, as the children become fiercely attached to this imaginary veldt. In the final moments of the story, the walls of the...
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