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  1. 1. ENG 1102 RESEARCH PAPER POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
  2. 2. Table of Contents  Introduction  Roald Dahl’s past plays a role in his dark writing style  How children responded to his work  How adults responded to his work  Why he chose to write in the style he did  Examples of Roald Dahl’s work  Conclusion  Works Cited
  3. 3. Introduction  Roald Dahl:  Famous Author who wrote several children’s books. He famously allowed children to see the darker side of life in his work’s.
  4. 4. Roald Dahl’s past plays a role in his writing style  Major Life Experiences Include:  The death of his father when Dahl was only 4 years old  He was a Fighter Pilot for the Royal Air Force and he saw a lot of action in the war.  He was basically raised in a boarding school where he was treated poorly (even beaten).  All of the above experiences led Dahl to write the way he did.
  5. 5. How Children Responded to Dahl’s Writing Style  Children found Dahl’s works “particularly easy to read, because when characters converse they come across as being real and believable…..He does not encumber his writing with unnecessarily difficult words.” (Lopes)
  6. 6. How Adults Reacted to Dahl’s Writing Style  Many adults complained that Dahl’s work displayed “racism”, “disturbing characters”, and “low regard for corruption and hypocrisy amongst adults and other authority figures” (Who2Biography)  Fewer adults loved his writing style, Danny De Vito said, “He speaks to children. He doesn’t speak down to them. He asks them to think, he asks them to be afraid, and he asks them to conquer his fears.” (qtd. in Author Profile)
  7. 7. Why Dahl enjoyed his writing style  Roald Dahl loved his writing style.  An article in the New York Times quoted Dahl, “The key to his success was to conspire children against adults.” (Honan)  Roald Dahl’s quirky personality allowed him to thoroughly enjoy making children see a different side to life, a darker side.
  8. 8. Examples of Roald Dahl’s works  To name a few….  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  James and the Giant Peach  The Gremlins  Matilda  The Witches  And many, many more….
  9. 9. Conclusion  Roald Dahl was an exquisite author who allowed children to see something society had never let them see before, true life. Many viewed this as a darker side during his the 1960’s when Dahl’s books were first coming out.
  10. 10. Works Cited  Honan, William. “Roald Dahl, Writer, 74, Is Dead; Best Sellers Enchanted Children.” 1990. The New York Times. 15 Jul. 2009. <http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/24/obituaries/roald-dahl-writer-74-is-dead- best-sellers- enchanted-children.html>.  Lopes, Tony. “Assessment of the aesthetic value of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories’.” Editred. 15 Jul. 2009. <http://www.editred.com/Uploads/st_36232_Assessment_of_the_aesthet>.  “Roald Dahl.” Who2 Biography. Answers.com. 15 Jul. 2009 <http://answers.com/topic/roald-dahl>.

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