Roald Dahl

Author Study Project | By :Alexandra Otani

Early life

Roald Dahl was born on the 13th of September, 1916 in Llandaff, Whales. Two years later his younger sister Else was born and they move to Radyr. In 1920 Harord and Astri Dahl die, Astri dies at the age of seven due to her appendix bursting and Harold died of pneumonia at the age of 57 a few weeks later. Due to these events Roald's mother was left with five children and another to come in the upcoming Autumn. A year later Roald and his family move to Whales, UK and he starts to attend Llandaff Cathedral School. Then in 1925 Roald starts to attend St Peter's, Weston-super-Mare, he stays there in education for the next four years. In 1934 Roald has finished his education and begins to work for shell, four years later he is sent to Dar-es-Salaam in East Africa. However, following the outbreak of World War Two Roald decides to enroll in the Royal Air Force, a year later he is posted in Libya where he is involved in a plane crash, due to this he spent the next six months of his life recovering in a hospital. In July of 1941 Roald has to return to Britain due to him not being able to fly any longer. Later Roald is sent to Washington D.C to be posted in the British Embassy. There he meets British Novelist C.S Forester, who encourages Roald to write about his experiences in the Royal Air Force in a book. From there he starts off his career as a writer.

Later life

In 1951 Roald meets his future wife, Patricia Neal, an American Actress. Two years later Roald marries Patricia in New York on the second of July. In 1954 they buy a small cottage in Great Missenden. A year later Roalds's first daughter Olivia is born, two more years and Roald has a second daughter named Tessa. From there he takes off as a novelist writing well known stories such as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Magic Finger, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and many more. However things weren't all fame and glory, in the same month that Roald released James and the Giant Peach his first child, Olivia, who died after contracting measles encephalitis form school. Also in 1965 Patricia suffered a series of strokes in LA while pregnant with her and Roald's fifth child, Lucy. But, overall Roald was a very successful author and many of his more famous books were made into movies, even after his death in November of 1990, he was 74 years old.

Famous Children's books by Roald Dahl

Literature Focus: The BFG (1982)

One night a young orphan named Sophie looks out of the window of her orphanage owned by mean Mrs. Clonkers. As she is closing the curtains she notices a giant with huge ears, a suitcase and some sort of huge horn-like instrument approaching her. Soon after she spot him, the giant sees Sophie, he then snatches her up and the giant travels quickly past land and oceans until they arrive at a large mountain. The giant proceeds to roll a huge bolder out of the way of an entrance into the mountain. At first Sophie is scared of the giant due to all of the myths of them eating humans. The giant agrees and even comments on how he has heard of how people from different locations taste like certain things. Like how people from Wales are fishy any how humans from Turkey are juicy and delicious. Sophie then asks what kind of people this giant liked to eat, he replied by shouting "Me gobbling up human beans! This I never!…I is the BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG." This confuses Sophie as she doesn't understand, if this giant is so friendly why did he snatch her up? She proceeded to ask that question and the BFG replied by saying that it was to prevent Sophie from telling others about him so he wouldn't be locked up somewhere. However the BFG adds that Sophie might have to live with him forever due to his nine cannibalistic and carnivorous neighbors. Form there Sophie and the BFG talk some more to introduce themselves, the BFG says that he is a dream-blowing giant and thats what he was doing over at Sophie's orphanage. He explains dreams are like giant invisible butterflies and that his large ears are for detecting them. Sophie sees a way for the BFG's dream collecting to help stop the carnivorous giants from eating humans. What is her plan? and will it succeed? Read The BFG by Roald Dahl to find out!

The BFG teaser trailer

Disney's The BFG - Teaser Trailer