Who killed the parents in "The Veldt"?

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In a way, one could argue that George and Lydia killed themselves, indirectly of course. Yes, the lions kill them, and yes those lions were created by the couple's children, but those children were turned into monsters and enabled by their parents. When Dr. McClean comes over to look at...

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In a way, one could argue that George and Lydia killed themselves, indirectly of course. Yes, the lions kill them, and yes those lions were created by the couple's children, but those children were turned into monsters and enabled by their parents. When Dr. McClean comes over to look at the nursery, he says something to this effect to George:

You’ve let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children’s affections. This room is their mother and father, far more important in their lives than their real parents.

In a sense, then, George and Lydia have "killed" themselves, having already rendered their positions completely unnecessary in the lives of their children. They have relinquished the parental role to their Happylife Home and, in this way, have killed the possibility that they will have any real importance in their children's lives.

George even seems to have realized this on his own, albeit too late. He says to his wife,

They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were offspring. They're spoiled and we're spoiled.

In their failure to be real parents to Peter and Wendy, they have allowed their children to take them and everything else for granted, including the value of human life. The kids do not value anything because they have never been taught to do so. For this reason, ultimately, George and Lydia are responsible for their own deaths.

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Peter and Wendy killed their parents, George and Lydia, when they locked them in the nursery with the lions in the African veldt hologram that has mysteriously become real instead of just the imaginings of the children.  George and Lydia are increasingly unnerved by their children’s obsession with playing in the veldt.  It is a violent place where the children see lions stalk and kill their prey.  George and Lydia, along with the family psychologist, Dr. McClean, feel that the children are too caught up in the death the place represents.  George and Lydia threaten to lock the nursery and turn off the rest of the technologically-rich house, and the children seek their revenge by luring them into the nursery and locking the door.  The lions take care of the rest. 

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