Wednesday , May 29 2024
Home / Archive / Yearbook nr. XXII/2021 / Marta ALBU, Hate, violence and abuse in Roald Dahl’s children’s novels

Marta ALBU, Hate, violence and abuse in Roald Dahl’s children’s novels

Marta ALBU
Lecturer, PhD., Faculty of Letters, University of Craiova, Romania;
E-mail: marta_albu@yahoo.com

Published on December 20, 2021

Abstract
The present study aims to highlight the theme of hate, violence and abuse in Roald Dahl’s novels. The protagonists are children from unhappy families – Dahl starts from the idea that life is chaotic and often painful, it is not as it should be. They pass through a series of events that make them suffer, they go through various trials, states and feelings. Life itself is difficult, and in their case, adults do not play a
positive role, on the contrary, they submit them to an aggressive treatment. Dahl’s fiction puts children in the center of the action, confronts different representations and thus they become agents of change, they struggle, suffer, but, in the end, they find a solution to save, to cope with life, find meaning and value in a chaotic world, they create a cathartic exit. His books also contain a message for adults, a kind of reminder that a child’s world is not only light and joy or pleasure, but also contains complicated shadows, fears and various emotional states.

Keywords
abuse, hate, violence, conflict, childhood, emotional crises

References:

  1.  Denise Escarpit, La littérature de l’enfance et de jeunesse. Panorama hystorique, Paris PUF, 1981.
  2. Sophie Lalouette, La violence dans la littérature de jeunesse, Sciences de l’information et de la communication, 1997.
  3. The Routledge History of Literature in English, Britain and Ireland, Routledge, UK, 2001.
  4. Jonathon Culley, Roald Dahl – “It’s About Children and It’s for Children” – but is It Suitable?, in “Children’s Literature in Education”, vol. 22, No. 1, 1991, pp. 59-73.
  5. The dark side of Roal Dahl, 13 sept., available on https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20160912-the-dark-side-of-roald-dahl, 2016.
  6. Roald Dahl, Matilda, English translation and notes by Christina Anghelina, Bucharest, Arthur Publishing, 2020, p. 2
  7. James M. Curtis, We Have a Great task Ahead of Us!: Child-Hate in Roald Dahl’s, in “The Witches in Children’s Literature in Education”, vol. 45, No. 2, 2014.
  8. Greg Littmann, Charlie and the Nightmare Factory: The art of children’s Horror Fiction, in Jacob M. Held (ed), Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then, Rowman and Littlefield, UK, 2014.
  9. Marliza Yeni, Shintia Ariska, Children s revenge on the bulling adults in Roald Dahl s children s literature, in “Proceeding of the 13th International Conference on Malaysia-Indonesia Relations (PAHMI)”, 2019.
  10. Jacob M. Held, Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A little nonsense Now and Then, Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  11. Jonathan Yarley, Roald Dahl, beyond the Chocolate Factory, in “Washington Post”, 27 march 2004.
  12. Irem Tümer, Analysing Roald Dahl’s Works For Children As a Means of Social Criticism, available on https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/11725502.pdf.
  13. Kyriaki Angelidou, The Invention of Chidren’s Literature: The Case of the Mischievous Roald Dahl, available on http://ikee.lib.auth.gr/record/135332/files/GRI-2014-13318.pdf, 2013.
  14. Kimberly Reynolds, Michael Rosen, Go deeper: fear in children’s books, available on https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/articles/fear-in-childrens-books, 2020.

Check Also

11th Conference of the Network of Sociology of Art (Gabriela BOANGIU)

11th Conference of the Network of Sociology of Art By Gabriela BOANGIU 3rd Degree Scientific …