Ray Bradbury: Short Stories

2. Why is Lydia unhappy in her home? Contrast this with the way George seems to feel.

Bradbury's "The Veldt"

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Lydia feels there is no challenge left in her home. Life is too easy because the home has become the driving force in their lives. She feels that she has lost control over her life and her children,

"That's just it. I feel like I don't belong here. The house is wife and
mother now, and nursemaid. Can I compete with an African veldt? Can I give a
bath and scrub the children as efficiently or quickly as the automatic scrub
bath can? I cannot. And it isn't just me. It's you. You've been awfully
nervous lately."

George is complacent about their life. Initially, he does share his wife's concerns. He begins to understand better as he reflects on his children's behavior as well as the unsettling nursery.