Matilda Quotes


"'But that's dishonest, daddy,' Matilda said. 'It's cheating.' 'No one ever got rich being honest.'

Roald Dahl, Matilda

Here we see the vast divide between Matilda and her family. Whilst Matilda is portrayed as being very honest and innocent, her father is corrupt and immoral. There is a contrast in both of their natures and this further highlights the fact that Matilda has never felt like she belongs. Moreover, her father feels no guilt for his actions and instead takes pride in his cunning, which further highlights his immorality.

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.”

Roald Dahl, Matilda

In this scene, Matilda shows immense maturity for her age. The advice she gives is life reflecting and is unusual being spoken from someone as young as she. In this way, Matilda further removes herself from the standard, conventional young person and emphasizes her own uniqueness.

“I'm right and you're wrong, I'm big and you're small, and there's nothing you can do about it.”

Roald Dahl, Matilda

In this scene, Harry Wormwood bullies his daughter and aims to belittle her, but it only has the opposite effect of making him look smaller in the reader’s eyes. Indeed, he sounds like a child throwing a temper tantrum and again this highlights the role reversal between Matilda and her father.

“You seemed so far away," Miss Honey whispered, awestruck.   "Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings," Matilda said. "It was wonderful.”

Roald Dahl, Matilda

Matilda escapes from her life by submerging herself into books. She creates a separate world for herself, away from her parents, one, which even Ms. Honey cannot comprehend or begin to understand despite her close bond with Matilda. It could be suggested that this is Matilda’s coping mechanism and is what enables her to preserve.

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