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Dahl seems to propagate the image of Gypsies being troublemakers in this book, through the actions of Danny and his father. Both go out of their way to instigate trouble by messing up Mr. Hazell’s hunting competition for no other reason than to cause trouble. Moreover, Dahl states that their minivan was “on a small country road surrounded by fields and woody hills”, thus highlighting gypsies’ inherent nature to be free and travel the lands.
Dahl describes Mr. Hazell as the typical wealthy and cruel resident. He is highly degrading of Danny and his father’s humble background and describes their home as a “dirty little filling station”. Mr. Hazell also seems to carry similar hobbies to the wealthy that we see even in this day and age, such as hunting competitions. He has absolutely no care for the animals he shoots and only cares for his own fun.
Danny's father, William, is described as being a fun, energetic dad, who engages in all sorts of pranks. He is truly the definition of being young at heart. He retains the immaturity that is present in children and seeks to poke fun at the stuffy Mr. Hazell. Young readers will be able to relate to his character because fo his youthful nature.
The hunting competition that Mr. Hazell hosts every year is described very colorfully throughout the story. Mr. Hazell has no regard for animal life, and neither much do Danny and his father as they use the pheasants to engage Mr. Hazell in their prank. The whole event is shown to be quite depraved and highlights the injustices faced by animals, even to this very day.
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