The Veldt Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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Why did Wendy and Peter focus their attention on the African veldt?

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The text of Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story entitled "The Veldt" provides many clues as to why Wendy and Peter focus their attention on the African veldt.

Bradbury's story is futuristic, imagining a time when houses do everything for the inhabitants. In this case, the HappyLife Home cooks, cleans, bathes, entertains, and takes care of every aspect of daily living. The children have a nursery that reads their thoughts and brings their imaginations to life, complete with three-dimensional visuals, smells, and sounds. Lydia and George Hadley have catered to their children's whims in every way. When they become concerned about the nursery, they divulge the children's obsession with it to the reader. Consider this exchange between George and Lydia, in which George is asking his wife to lock the nursery:

“And lock the nursery for a few days until I get my nerves settled.”

“You know how difficult Peter is about that. When I punished him a month ago by locking the nursery for even a few...

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