What personal belongings do George and Lydia find in the nursery? Why are they there? How do they work as a literary device And which one(s) in the story "The Veldt"?

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The short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury tells of a family that invests in a high-technology intelligent home. The parents quickly become disillusioned with the house, but the children thrive on it. The nursery in particular is impressive to them because it can construct realistic scenes from...

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The short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury tells of a family that invests in a high-technology intelligent home. The parents quickly become disillusioned with the house, but the children thrive on it. The nursery in particular is impressive to them because it can construct realistic scenes from anywhere in the world. For some reason (which a psychologist later explains), the children select the landscape of an African veldt, complete with animals such as antelopes, vultures, and predatory lions.

On their first visit to the veldt in the nursery, the parents, George and Lydia, become terrified by the lions. When George reenters the nursery, the children have changed the scene to a more peaceful forest setting. On the ground, George finds something.

"An old wallet of mine," he said. He showed it to her. The smell of hot grass was on it...and the smell of a lion. It was wet from being in the lion's mouth, there were tooth marks on it, and there was dried blood on both sides. He closed the door and locked it, tight.

As becomes evident later, this wallet is there because the children have placed it there. Later, George and the psychologist he has brought in find a bloody scarf of Lydia's on the veldt. These are examples of the literary device of foreshadowing, or setting up what is to transpire later. Foreshadowing takes various forms to hint to readers what will happen in the future. In this story, the children have become so enamored of the nursery that they have come to see it as more real than the outer world. The personal belongings that the parents find foreshadow that the children eventually will set up their parents to be killed by the lions.

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The parents first find the father's, George Hadley's,  wallet in the nursery. It has been chewed by the lions, has the lions' saliva on it and is bloody. Later, they find the mother's bloody scarf on the nursery floor. Finding these items frightens the parents, who can't figure out how they got there. The parents are so unnerved by this, along with children's fixation with Veldtland, that they decide to shut down the nursery, which badly upsets the children. The two bloody items represent examples of the literary device of foreshadowing, suggesting to the reader before it happens that George and Lydia will be killed and eaten by the supposedly imaginary lions in the nursery. 

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