"We've given the children everything they ever wanted. Is this our reward-secrecy, disobedience?"

The parents have given the children all they have ever wanted and the moment they said "No," the children then get mad and upset with they're parents. Now they have no right to tell the kids what to do and what not to do.

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"The house lights followed her like a flock of fireflies".

"The house is wife and mother now and nursemaid".


The mood in the story foreshadows what will occur and what to expect. Once the lions were mentioned and then "The Veldt," you could tell there was death yet to come.