The Veldt

The Veldt
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In "The Veldt," George and Lydia Hadley are the parents of Wendy and Peter Hadley, and they live in a technologically driven house that will do everything for its inhabitants - transport you upstairs, brush your teeth, cook the food, and clean the house. The story begins when Lydia asks George if he's noticed anything wrong with the nursery, the most expensive and exciting room of the house. The glass walls have the ability to project the landscape and environment of any place that the mind of the visitor wishes. During this particular visit, George and Lydia are surrounded by the African countryside. In the distance, lions are licking the bones of their prey clean.He wants to believe that the children are psychologically healthy, not that they are fixated on blood and violence. After all, one of the selling points of the room was that the children would be able to use the room as an outlet for their emotions, and the places that the room visited would provide information for the adults who were curious about the young minds. Lydia senses that something dark is brooding in her children's brain. One of the clues that make George believe the room was altered was his wallet on the floor of the nursery, smelling of hot grass and showing teeth marks.As George and Lydia go to bed, they decide to call David McClean and have him come over to inspect the nursery. The sounds of screams travel from downstairs - Wendy and Peter have left their bedrooms and gone back to the nursery. Lydia comments, "Those screams - they sound familiar." At the end of the story, they will find out why they sound so familiar. The next morning, Peter questions his father about the future of the nursery. He says to George, "This doesn't feel good, I tell you. Trust my hunches and my instincts.George told his children that the nursery would be turned off, as well as the rest of the house. They began screaming and throwing a hysterical fit. From their bedroom, George and Lydia’s children call them to quickly come downstairs.They beat against the door but no one opened them, and the lions began to surround them and move closer. Mr. and Mrs. Hadley screamed, and suddenly they realized why the screams sounded so familiar. David McClean arrived shortly after to greet everyone, but he did not see George and Lydia. The children sat and ate lunch in the nursery, looking out on the water hole and the lions feasting in the distance. "Where are your father and mother?" asked David, and Wendy simply responded, "Oh, they'll be here directly." As they watch the vultures swoop down, Wendy asks, "A cup of tea?" and the story ends.

Storyboard Text

  • This is the exposition because it introduces the setting and the characters in this scene when the parents are in the nursery room and their children at a party. It explains what the nursery does, and they question why the nursery has been the samefora whole month.
  • George, why has the nursery been this scene for the past month?
  • I don't know Lydia, but it has been here for a while.I think Peter and Wendy are thinking death thoughts.
  • This is the rising action because George and Lydia Hadley become worried about their children thinking death thoughts due to the fact that there were lions eating something and they heard screaming. 
  • This is the Climax because when George bans the kids from going into the nursery, they get angry and freak out. George's friend, David McClean, came up with the idea of leaving the house for good. He agreed but let the children in for one last minute because of Lydia.
  • Just one more minute? Please!
  • I'm locking up the nursery and we are leaving! Done! Alright?
  • No, Please!
  • This is the falling action because the kids used their last minute to call their parents into the nursery and trick them only to lock them in the nursery room with the hungry lions. This was the falling action because the kids cared more about the nursery then their parents.
  • Where are the kids? What are they doing?
  • This is the resolution because after we knew the parents were going to die, it came to the resolution. This fits it because it wraps up the story, and leads this event to the end  where David walks in and finds out that the parents were killed by the lions.
  • Ahhhhh!
  • This is the denouement because it ends with David looking into the room, looking at a lion eating meat, and the kids acting like nothing happened to their parents. And what made this story more like a finale was when the kids ask David for a cup of tea while the lions ate George and Lydia.
  • Would you like some tea Dr. McClean?
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