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Miss Trunchbull‟s face “was neither a thing of beauty nor a joy forever.”
First line of one of one of Keats‟ poems
Supposed to make the reader feel very clever for catching it.
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who
lived exciting lives. She went on oldern-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went
to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all
over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
The boys stories are truly the ones that Matilda loves
“I‟m not in favour of bluestocking girls. A girl should think about making herself look
attractive so she can get a good husband later on. Looks in more important than books,
There is a strange sort of gender discourse in the book
o There‟s the grotesque (Miss Trunchbull) who are beyond femininity
o There‟s Matilda, who is declared to be useless by her father because she
is just a girl
"He does do some pretty silly things now and again, doesn't he, mummy?" Matilda said.
The mother, dialling the number on the phone, said, "I'm afraid men are not always
quite as clever as they think they are. You will learn that when you get a bit older, my
Mrs. Wormwood shows a bit of veering from the typical domestic viewpoint of
men being always great.
Miss. Honey‟s house
Significance of Location
Some of Matilda‟s Wormwood-ish traits come out – “Margarine, Matilda thought.
She really must be poor.”
Out in the countryside – distancing Matilda from her city life with the TV and
whatnot. Out in the country, where it‟s pure for children
Dylan Thomas‟ “In Country Sleep”
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In the land of the hearthstone tales, and spelled asleep,
Fear or believe that the wolf in a sheepwhite hood
Loping and bleating roughly and blithely shall leap,
My dear, my dear,
Out of a lair in the flocked leaves in the dew dipped year
To eat your heart in the house in the rosy wood.
Acknowledgement that the wolf exists but you can also survive it
Romantic set up
“She was a bit frightened of this place now. It seemed so unreal and remote and
fantastic and so totally away from this earth. It was like an illustration in Grimm or Hans
Andersen. It was the house where the poor woodcutter lived with Hansel and Gretel and
where Red Riding Hood's grandmother lived and it was also the house of The Seven
Dwarfs and The Three Bears and all the rest of them. It was straight out of a fairy-tale.”
Fright triggered by fairy tale implications
Miss Honey‟s story is out of a fairy tale (a bad fairy tale) but it is also frighteningly
realistic. She becomes the representation of the fairy tale.
Matilda seems to ha