Essay on Roald Dahl

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|LITERATURE SEMINAR |
|Name: Julia Blanco |Teacher: Elena Ma. Garcia |
|Group: 2º Inglés |Due date: November, 2008 |

The aim of this essay is to give an outline of Roald Dahl’s life, highlighting the most important moments of his life, to point out his mayor works - specially the ones addressed to children-, and to mention many critics’ opinions of his writing.

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales on September 13th, 1916. He was the son of Norwegian parents. His father, Harald Dahl, died when Dahl was three. His mother, Sophie Magdalene Hesselberg had to raise him, his three brothers and two stepchildren. He gave tribute to his mother in “The witches”, in which he tried to represent his mother through the character of the grandmother. Not only did he suffer his father’s death but also his sister Astri, who died from appendicitis. After both tragedies, Dahl’s mother decided to remain in Wales since it was her husband’s wish to have their children educated in British schools. During his adulthood he also suffered the loss of his eldest daughter Olivia and during an accident, his four-month year old son suffered from brain damage.

Roald Dahl had a miserable time at school and this had the greatest influence in his writing. His school days are the central theme in his autobiography “Boy”. In “Boy” he described horrible beatings, sadistic headmasters, prejudiced teachers, and even an abusive dormitory Matron. He first attended Llandaff Cathedral School. He used to keep a secret diary in which he recorded all the memories of his times. These memories recorded in the diaries would later be the

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