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Written by Tony Harkin
”I gazed up at my grandmother who sat there like some ancient queen on her throne”
This quote deals with the amazement often found in Dahl’s stories. Many times, the characters are blown away by some small thing. Here, the mere sight of his grandmother is enough to strike wonder into Boy’s heart and soul. The idea of amazement is repeated throughout Dahl’s work. There is a comically large peach, and girls with powers of telekinesis. It’s truly remarkable. Dahl loved to play with the idea of wonder, and it constantly reappears.
”You can write about anything for children as long as you've got humour.”
Here Dahl is referring to his tendency to write about very adult situations, and make them completely accessible to children. Dahl has come under for criticism for his adult themes. Here, he is commenting on these accusations, stating that they are acceptable, as he blends them with a special mix of humor that makes the stories endearing to children
It is most unlikely. But--here comes the big "but"--not impossible.”
This quote shows Dahl’s love of the uncertain. Many of his characters (Matilda, Charlie, James) all don’t seem like heroes. But through some combination of events, they fulfill that role. Dahl here means that nothing is truly impossible. There is always some chance, some hope, that an event can occur. He wants his audience to always believe in hope, and that anything can happen.
It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
This quote reflects on a major theme in many of Dahl’s works, “a child’s love”. Most of Dahl’s work focuses on extraordinary children, and the things that they eventually can do. At this point in the book, the Boy has been changed into a mouse, and must stay that way with his grandmother. His grandmother worries that the Boy might be upset that he is a mouse, and Boy responds with the above quote. The Boy knows that love is a powerful force, and that it is necessary to feel whole. The Boy is implying that acceptance is a less powerful motivator than love, and emphasizing the power of love over all.
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