Why are the father's wallet and mother's scarf in the nursery in "The Veldt"?

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In "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury, there is a nursery that creates a virtual reality--interestingly, since Bradbury's idea preceded the creation of this technological fact nowadays.  This reality of the nursery is controlled by the thoughts of those inside it;  it is "superreactionary, supersensitive color film and mental tape film behind glass screens."

On two separte entries into the nursery, George experiences the Africa reality; when he goes in alone, he finds an "old wallet" which he shows to Lydia.  On his second visit, he and David McClean discover the "bloody scarf" that George tells the psychologist belongs to Lydia.  Since the wallet has traces of saliva on it when George retrieves it, it seems that a lion has licked or chewed lightly on it, salivating at the scent of the man.  The bloody scarf suggests that the hateful thoughts of the children have gone further.  These items have probably been stolen from George and Lydia's bedroom and brought into the nursery by the children in order to perpetuate the reality of their hatred onto the "superreactionary, supersensitive" environment of the virtual reality of the veldt where thoughts exert control.  Having conditioned Africa sufficiently, the entry of George and Lydia after the children beckon them realizes the hatred of the children who have wished them dead.

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Ray Bradbury does not actually come out and tell us this, so it is sort of hard to know, isn't it.  So we have to guess.

I believe that the kids, Peter and Wendy, have put the stuff in there.  I think that they have done that to try to get the lions used to the scent of the parents.  I think, even, that they have been teaching the lions to attack the parents.

I can't think of any other reason that stuff would be in there.  I'm pretty sure that the kids were putting the lions up to killing their parents.

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The children had obviously taken the scarf and the wallet, probably from their parents' bedroom, and put them in the nursery so the lions could get the parents' scent. All during the story, the children are trying and eventually succeed in gaining control of the nursery because they had become so dependent upon the house that they were terrified the parents would turn off the house. That would mean the children would have to do things for themselves, like "tie their own shoes" and "brush their own teeth." The house's survival became more important than their parents and the children are willing to do anything to protect it.

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What explanations can you give for the father's wallet and mother's scarf being in the nursery in "The Veldt"?

A sinister story of the potential influence of technology upon the psychological and emotional components of human nature, "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury creates a virtual reality that captures and distorts the innocence of the children, Wendy and Peter (named after characters from Peter Pan). Whereas the children have previously conjured the worlds of Oz, Dr. Doolittle, and Wonderland, they have now virtually re-created an African veldt. This environment of heated savagery begins to have a psychological effect upon the children as they spend more and more time in the playroom and interact less and less with their parents until this distance reflects the jungle state of predator and prey.

Concerned about the detachment of his children from his wife and himself, George Hadley locks the Veldt as they have spent too much time there and not with their parents. He ponders how the children have been able to mentally conjure up what they desire,

The children thought zebras, and there were zebras. Sun--sun. Giraffes--giraffes. Death and death.

That last. He chewed tastelessly on the meat that the table had cut for him. Death thoughts. They were awfully young, Wendy and Peter, for death thoughts. Or, no, you were never too young, really. Long before you knew what death was you were wishing it on someone else....

Indeed, it is these "death thoughts" that the angered children allow in their minds. With such thoughts, the African veldtland and its lions are triggered into the predatory state. So that the lions will recognize their prey, items of George and Lydia appear in the Veldt. Thus, when George investigates Wendy's claim that their room is no longer Africa, he opens it to find a lovely forest; however, in the corner where the lions have previously lain, he discovers an old wallet of his with drops of saliva on it as well as blood smears.

Later, the children break into the nursery, an indication of their willfulness and deceit. Along with these behaviors, Peter has also threatened his father, having said, "I don't think you'd better consider it [shutting off the house] any more, Father." Therefore, it can be assumed that Peter and Wendy have stolen from their parents' bedroom the two possessions of George and Lydia in order to provide the lions with their scent. For, when Dr. David McClean views the Veldt with George, they see the lions in the distance feeding.

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