Revenge In Roald Dahl's Loda

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Revenge can be extremely violent and result to death for adults, while children’s acts of vengeance remain to be significantly different. Roald Dahl is a famous children’s author who has written several classics that incorporate revenge, such as “James and The Giant Peach” and “Matilda” (“Roald Dahl Biography”). In the film adaptation of Dahl’s book, Matilda, she uses her acts of revenge against her abusive and neglectful parents, and the equally abusive character of The Trunchbull, as well as her efforts to gain justice and fairness for herself, the other students and Miss Honey, the director shows that revenge can be positive when the acts are appropriate to the offences, and when it teaches wrongdoers valid lessons. Dahl’s books surely …show more content…
She reads a variety of books to learn how to take care of herself since they are irresponsible and selfish guardians. Their appearance and money are their only self-centred interests. She develops her own knowledge, learns to read, cook and even gains kinesis as a special ability. However, her parents force a young child to mature quickly to please their desires. They barely take any interest in Matilda since the world revolves around them. When they realize that she is different from them, the bullying begins along with the continuation of the neglectful treatment. Her father punishes his daughter often, and one time for being smart, which causes Matilda to tamper with her father’s hair product, thus turning his hair blonde (12:00). Her parents do not praise her and especially not for her self-developed knowledge. Although, the acts do not cause extreme harm, they affect his effort to maintain his appearance. However, the principle Trunchbull is physically violent and intimidating towards her students. She is driven by her hatred for children and need to demonstrate her power to those who appear weak, which even includes an adult such as Ms.Honey. Blaming and punishing those who are undeserving is her specialty since she despises all children that are either good or bad. She can certainly be perceived as a selfish person since she only cares about her image and athletic …show more content…
She chooses to use practical jokes towards her parents and The Trunchbull in order to teach them a lesson for their offences committed. However, one of her father’s punishment causes her to formulate the idea that children can punish their parents since her father referred to her as a person and not as a child (11:00). Therefore, as her father states“… when a person is bad, that person needs to be taught a lesson”(10:46). This unintentional advice allows Matilda to punish her parents since she is technically not perceived as a child. Once Matilda enrolls into the elementary school, she is punished by being sent into the chokey and Trunchbull blames her for placing a newt in her glass of water (50:03). Therefore, Matilda uses her special ability to allow the newt to jump on Ms.Truncbull (49:33). The principle is not violently harmed in the process, but certainly deserves to be frightened since she thrives on intimidating young children who are undeserving of her hatred. Matilda seeks justice not only for herself, but for her fellow students since they should not be threatened and mistreated in school, which is an environment that should be considered safe. Furthermore, Matilda’s understanding of justice shows that she can distinguish what is right from wrong and only seeks revenge it when it is appropriate to the wrongdoer’s offenses. For example, she motivates the

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