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Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl
by Miles Savitz
Early life
He was born in the year of 1916. In 1918 he was living in a house in Radyr, Wales. This house was large with huge lawns and majestic terraces. There were animals such as horses and chickens. In 1920 his dad died and age 57. After his mother sold the big house to live in a smaller house in Llandaff.

Early School
In 1922 when he was 6 he started to go to school at Elmtree house. When he was 7 he went to a preparatory school Llandaff Cathedral School. there was a sweets shop near the school and he always went there, but the women who owned it was a evil person. So one day he put a dead rat in one of the candy jar. So the next day he got in trouble so he got sent to the headmaster and was hit with a cane. So when his mother sees this she takes him out of the school.
School and Norway
During the summers between when he was 4 to when he was 17. He would go to a secluded island. He loved to go there it was a home a way from home.

In 1925 he went to a boarding school called st. peter's. School in those days had a lot of harder punishments such as getting hit with a cane by the head master He was there for 4 years. One thing that he started doing was he would write a letter to his mother once a week on Sunday. He did this in till his mother died.

More school
When he was 13 he changed schools to Repton. This was a very high up school in England. He stayed at Repton for 4 years. In these years he learned and did many things. Such as he learned how to take photographs. This is something he was good at and he kept on doing it after school. Another event that is important is that every now an then a box of chocolate would come and †he boys had to taste it. This is important because he had a dream that one day he would work in a chocolate factory and mix different things to come up with the best chocolate ever. This should sound like something you know because you do this is the idea behind
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Shell
When he left school his mom asked if he wanted to go to Cambridge or Oxford. He said he wanted to start working right away. He wanted to work at some place which would send him to Africa or China. So he started working at Shell an oil company. For a few years he had a slandered business day. Then he first went off to Mombasa then he went to modern day Tanzania. When he was in Tanzania in 1939 when he was 29 war broke out so he joined the RAF.
RAF
At the begging he was laughed at but soon he was was training over Iraq and Kenya. In 1940 he joined 80 Squadron for action in western Egypt. One day when he was fling he crashed landed. He was very injured that he spent month in a hospital. This did not keep him from going back to fighting he went to Greece and became a war hero. In 1941 he was sent back to England because he could not fly any more with his injures.
Diplomat
After being sent home he was asked to go to D.C to get wartime help for the U.K. In the U.S he started writing fiction his first piece was on gremlins that cause RAF planes to have problems. This book was very popular and got the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to invited him to the white house and Walt Disney to ask him to Hollywood to see if they could make a movie. It never made it in to a movie. Next in 1952 he married actress Patricia Neal. They had 5 children. But they had 2 triadic death with there sun and there daughter.
Post War
One of his most famous books was
James and the Giant Peach
which came out in 1961. After his wife had some health problems so she had trouble waking and tacking but she soon recovered with the help of Roald's help. Another death happened Roald Dahl's mother died at age 82. Soon after in 1983 Roald Dahl Divorces Patricia Neal. Then he marries Felicity Crosland. Finally he dies in November 23, 1990 at age 74.
Writing Craft
One way his life affects his writing is that he had no dad. This might have affected him by thinking ways his dad might have been like
Shows
This is shown in the
BFG
by the big friendly giant. The girl in the book has no father so one day a giant male giant pickers her up. Soon she has a father who is nice and funny. This might be how Roald dahl might have thought his dad was like. Think about it if you had no dad wouldn't you think what your dad was like.
More info
In the book
Danny The Champion of the World
you see that he puts this fatherly character in the book. This dad never lies is always there. This proves my point that there is a craving to have a dad so he puts fictional dads in his stories.
Writing Craft
Another thing that pops up is family. He always says it some were in the book. He says it if it is there and if its not there. I feel this is because he had a close family as seen in past slides you see going to Norway with his family also him loosing his sun and daughter.
In the book.
Him writing about family is shown in two books the first is
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
. This is shown by him showing that Charlies family was the center to his life such as Roald Dahl's family played major roles in his life. The next book is the
Fantastic Mr. Fox
. This is shown by Mr. Fox always being with family. Roald Dahl was always having family around and friends.
Revenge
In Roald Dahl's books we see that children have great revenge on adults.
When
This happens in Matilda when the fierce teacher is over thrown. This has been argued that it is cruel. But Roald Dahl says that children have different sense of humor. So it is funny to them not for adults.
Story's
BFG
The
BFG
is a book that bases on Sophie a little girl who lives in a orphanage. One night she see's a giant man waking around with a giant trumpet blowing in kids windows. The Giant see's her looking at him. So he grabs her up out of her bed and then runs at full speed away.
BFG
Sophie soon learns out that this giant man is a friendly being but there are other giants that are terrible creatures that gobble up humans. The BFG has one thing that is incurable he has giant ears. With these ears he can hear every sound even dreams. This is were the trumpet comes in. He catches these dreams and goes and blow dreams into people. Sophie thinks this is wonderful, but she wants to stop the giants from eating people.
BFG
This book is a children's book that will not take you to long to read. It is well crafted with detail and dialogue. This book will take you a very short period to read. It is interesting but not to fast passe. It is one of Roald Dahl's most famous children's book. I would give this book a 8/10.
Fantastic Mr.Fox
This story has animals as the main characters. This is about how Mr.Fox steels from these evil farmers named Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr.Fox feeds his 3 children and his wife. Mr.Fox has a very keen noise so when the farmers try to catch him he can smell them. This is were the story starts. The farmers are feed up with all there food being taken so one day. At night they camp around Mr.Fox hole. Not were Mr.Fox could smell them.Mr.Fox comes out and they try to shoot him but they only get his tail.
Fantastic Mr.Fox
The farmers are very mad so they start digging. The foxes here them so they to dig. So both are digging as fast as they could soon where the hole was is not a giant crater. The farmers get tired so they stoop. They say we can starve them out. So they set up camp. Now every animal in the area is starving so Fantastic Mr.Fox comes up with an idea to burrow under ground to the farm buildings.
Fantastic Mr.Fox
Soon fantastic Mr.Fox has set up a giant underground world. With all the animals. Now they never have to leave the ground and as far as i know Boggis, Bunce, and Bean are still watting.
Fantastic Mr.Fox
This is a good book with not that much in it. There is a lot of dialogue but not that much else. There is some description but few in some parts. It is not one of his best works but it dose show most of his techniques.
Author's craft
Narrator
One thing that happens a lot in his book is that there is a narrator not some body there when it is happening. The narrator is some body after the event who was in that event telling you about it.
You can see this in the
BFG
because it is in narrator form. Then at the end it says about the author and it says it was the BFG. This proves my point that the person who tells the story was in the moment.
Children
In most of Roald Dah's books you see that the main character is a child. Such as in
Danny the Champion of the World.
Also you see this in the
BFG
with Sophie, you also see it in
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, and in
James and the Giant Peach
. These all have children as the main character
I fell he has children in all these books is because he is trying get children to read it. So they want something they can relate to. Next they want have the same emotions as the character and have the same emotion.
I think he dose this because he had terrible teachers and headmasters. So he wanted to go after them and other adults that effected his life in a bad way so he writes about them getting killed or injured.
Finally we see this in
James and the giant peach
. We see him that they kill the evil aunts with the peace. They do this because they are stuck up with them so they want to get rid of them. This shows that roald Dahl's evail humor.
You see this same hing happen in a book called
Danny the Champion of the World
. You can tell hat it is Danny tacking about him self when he was younger as a narrator. Here is a quote that shows it
Author's Craft
Children
In most of Roald Dahl's work we see that he has these amazing thing s that children do. You see this in so many of his books such as the
BFG
.
Also you see this craft in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You see this because Charlie has nothing and then he gets to own a Chocolate factory. This is a wonderful unexpected thing for a child to get so it can be considered amazing. Next in Danny the Champion of the World we see in the very begging of the book he drives a car. This is wonderful because most people at the age of 9 are not driving cars .
I fell he dose this craft is to please the people who read his books. Most of these people are children so when you get a child to do something amazing other children read and have dreams and love the book for a event that probably would never happen.
Dialogue
In most of his books I have read there is dialogue not just some, a lot of dialogue. You can see it a lot of his books. Almost every page has all dialogue.
You can see this in
Fantastic Mr. Fox
where most of the page is filled with dialogue. Even if the pages are short there is mostly dialogue. This is also in other books such as the
BFG
.
I fell he dose this for the same reason for the amazing children. This is a good way for young children to read because it makes it a lot easier for them to understand. So he wants young kids to read his books and like it.
Food
Now lets end with FOOD. In most of his books we see food glorious food, but not always glorious. We see this every time we pick up his book. Even his adult books have food.
We see this in some books such as the
BFG
Where he has devoted 2 chapters of his book to food and there might be even more. We also see this in
Lamb to the slaughter.
Were even in its name theirs food.
We also see this in
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
and finally
Fantastic Mr.Fox
. I fell he did this because he loved food and had many other thing here is a quote of him saying this. "I've eaten many strange and scrumptious dishes in my time." Next he even wrote a cook book about food for children.
Work's sited
Thanks for reading.
Dahl, Roald, Quentin Blake, and Roald Dahl. Boy ; And, Going Solo. New York: Puffin, 2010. Print.
http://www.biography.com/people/roald-dahl-9264648. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
http://www.maslin.plus.com/joseph/roalddahl. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129825567. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
http://www.roalddahlfans.com/timelines.php. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

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