Matilda Characters

Matilda Character List

Matilda Wormwood

Matilda is the titular character and the protagonist of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Unlike her family members who are selfish and dull, Matilda is an extremely precocious child with a love of books and a high aptitude of mathematics. Unfulfilled and neglected by her family, Matilda often comes up with pranks to “punish” her parents. Her overwhelming mental power leads her to develop telekinetic powers which she perfects to defeat the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull and help her teacher Miss Honey. Though she is clearly unique, Matilda remains an extremely likable and humble young girl.

Miss Honey

Miss Honey is Matilda’s school teacher and the first person to appreciate and foster Matilda’s extraordinary intelligence. She is the first person to really appreciate Matilda’s intelligence. She attempts to bring Matilda’s gift to the attention to Miss Trunchbull and Matilda’s parents but is coldly rebuffed. Miss Honey is a shy, sweet woman and is beloved by all of her students, especially by Matilda. Miss Honey acts as a motherly figure as well as a confidant to the young girl.

Miss Trunchbull

Miss Trunchbull is the headmistress of Matilda’s school, and the story’s main antagonist. She is also the legal guardian of Miss Honey. Trunchbull is a fearsome creation and utterly despises children. She is abusive towards Miss Honey as well as to her students and frequently makes use of a torture chamber called the “Chokey” to punish her students. Matilda makes use of her unique powers to restore Miss Honey of her house and finances and the Trunchbull is never seen again.

Mr. Wormwood

Mr. Wormwood is Matilda’s father, and a secondary antagonist of the story. He is a neglectful father who hates books and is an extremely dishonest businessman. He is the prime recipient of Matilda’s tricks. Mr Wormwood is very arrogant and ratty man and shows no interest in his daughter. Because of his fraudulent business dealings, Mr Wormwood is forced to flee the country with his family but leaves Matilda behind.

 

Zinnia Wormwood

Mrs. Wormwood is Matilda’s mother. She is a voluptuous woman who is highly concerned with appearance (constantly dying her hair platinum blonde) and prizes apperance over intelligence and substance. She is inattentive of her children and leaves Matilda alone in the house constantly to play Bingo.

Lavender

Lavender is one of Matilda’s new-found friends in her school, she is extremely small for her age, and has deep brown eyes and a fringe. Much like Matilda, she is very brave and mischievous. She plans an elaborate prank on the Trunchbull that is very successful, unfortunately Matilda is accused of the prank.

Bruce Bogtrotter

Bruce is a fellow student of Matilda’s. He is an extremely rotund boy and is forced by the Trunchbull to consume a giant chocolate cake in front of the entire school when she accuses him of stealing her food.

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