"Matilda" by Roald Dahl Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

"Matilda" by Roald Dahl
A comparison and contrast of the characters of Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull in Roald Dahl's "Matilda".
# 117899 | 1,872 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2009 in Literature (Children) , Literature (English)

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The paper shows how the characters of Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull in Roald Dahl's story "Matilda", seem to represent what was to Dahl the best and worst of adult behavior. The paper describes how Miss Trunchbull is a sadist, a tyrant, greedy, a probable forger and liar and maybe even a murderess. The paper then contrasts these characteristics to Miss Honey's courage, resourcefulness and teaching skills. The paper points out that Dahl clearly values a kind and gentle teacher that does not hold money or social position in high regard.

From the Paper:

"Matilda, by Roald Dahl, is the story of a very exceptional girl, and the way in which she uses her talents in order to bring justice to those who treat her well, and punish others. Although Matilda is the heroine of the book, and the story is based around her life, the kindly teacher, Miss Honey, is also a heroine of sorts. All of the other adults in Matilda are either stupid, vicious, or downright evil. The adult who is most clearly a villainess is Miss Trunchbull, the demonic headmistress who abuses her pupils; while Matilda's mother and father are depicted as vain, stupid and neglectful (and Mr. Wormwood is a dishonest used-car salesman who has to flee the country to avoid the police), Miss Trunchbull is revealed to be a sadist, a tyrant, a probable forger and liar, and maybe even a murderess. Matilda may play tricks upon her parents, but she reserves her special powers to bring down the evil that is the Headmistress."

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