The story opens up with the Hadley family living in the Happylife Home, The first scene discusses the concerns that the mother has about the nursery which sets the whole story into motion as the nursery creates problems for the story and the family. The concerns that the mother discloses with the nursery foreshadows the ending of the story as well.
The Hadleys go inside the nursery and see that the kids have been thinking about Africa too much and it concerns them that they are too young to be thinking about death. Lydia is worried and wants to take a vacation because the house was taking on her role as a mother to the children. The dad had wanted to get rid of the vivid Africa, but it doesn't go away. When Peter and Wendy come back, The Hadley’s asked to tell them about Africa. The kids said there was no Africa and it wasn't there when he revisited it. The dad had a suspicion that Wendy had changed it.
The discussion between the father and Mr. McClean where it is revealed that the Peter and Wendy treasure more the house and the nursery(as providers and caretakers) than their own parents( which are seen as takers) leading to the kids’ hatred towards them.
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Peter wasn’t to excited on locking up the nursery and shutting down the house because he was attached to the house which had caused him and Wendy to throw a tantrum hating the parents for it wishing upon the death of the Hadley’s. They were heading to Iowa to live normally and have a vacation from all the technology that has taken over their life. As they were ready to leave Peter and Wendy were crying leading their dad to turn on the nursery for the last time until they moved away.
The kids trick the parents to enter the nursery and lock them in there where it is presumed that they are killed and eaten by the lions. This is conveyed as Mr. Mcclean comes back to the nursery and only finds the children and in the distance you see vultures swooping down after the Lions’ feeding.
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The Veldt wanted us to beware of technology and it’s potential since it can establish a certain control over us and to let us be aware of what could happen if we relied on it too much. In short, technology is created for humankind for good intentions but can bring negative, inconspicuous effects.