Analyzing the Extrinsic
Element of the Story
Roald Dahl was a famous writer and usually
wrote children’s books. He produced a lot of
works which included a lot of imagination and
adventures. Not only that, Roald Dahl also wrote
his own autobiography, sharing his childhood life
to his loyal readers. Extrinsic element here meant
the part of story that needs further explanation or
further timeline. The extrinsic element here would
be the past life of Roald Dahl and how it differ
from the stories he made.
Roald Dahl was the only boy from his father 2nd
marriage. Roald’s father married 2 times and he
died because of grief from losing one of his
daughter, Astri. Roald’s mother than took care of 6
children, 2 from her husband’s 1st marriage and 4
of her own. Roald parents were Norwegian and
they used to visit their grandma and grandpa in
Norway. Roald loves his mother so much and he
picture her as the Norwegian grandmother in “The
Roald Dahl was born on Llandaff, Wales on
September 13th 1916. His father, Harald, and his
mother, Sophie, were both Norwegian. Roald
Dahl mother was the second wife of Harald.
Harald got an accident which caused one of his
hands to go loose. His dad and his
sister, Astri, died when he was just 3 years old. His
dad died because of grief for his daughter
death. Sophie was now caring for her big
family, which was her 4 own child and 2 other
child from Harald 1st marriage. Following her
husbands’ wish, she put Dahl on an English school
which his father considered the best.
Llandaff Cathedral School
Roald Dahl first went to Llandaff Cathedral School. He had several best
friends and they used to walk to school and went home together. Every
day, they passed a sweet shop. The shop owner was Mrs. Pratchett. She
never smiled to them, even when they bought several sweets from her.
One day during school, Roald and his friends found a dead rat inside a
crack on the floor. Roald got an idea to put this rat on one of the candy
jars on Mrs. Pratchett sweet-shop, the Gobstopper jar of candies. On the
way back home, Roald and his friends went to the sweet-shop and
Roald managed to put the rat inside the jar. They thought that they
were safe and just need to prepare for the next incident.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Pratchett then discovered Roald and his friends act.
She fainted when she wanted to take a Gobstopper candy but instead
took a rat. Mrs. Pratchett than accused Roald and his friends and they
got punished by Mr. Coombes, the headmaster of Llandaff School.
Roald and his friends got whacked with a cane. When Roald went
home and took a bath, his mother saw the red rashes on his body. Mrs.
Dahl walked to school and get angry to the headmaster. From that
incident, Mrs. Dahl would move Roald to an English boarding school, just
like what Mr. Dahl think was the best.
St. Peter School
On St. Peter’s boarding school, Roald used to felt homesick. Not only
that, the school doesn’t provide them enough food which was why the
headmaster always talked to parents that it would be good if they could
send homemade food for their children as often as possible. Roald
mother usually send him a currant cake and several fruits (which was
really expensive back then). At St. Peters, every Sunday morning, there
will be letter-writing time. All students there need to spend at least 1 hour
to write a letter for home. The headmaster always checked the
letters, because he doesn’t want any bad comments about his school.
But to hide his bad habit, he never allowed students to change wrong
spellings in their letter; to make it seems that letters weren’t checked.
One day, Roald went really homesick. Based on his past experience
when he saw his older half-sister got appendicitis, he decide that he
would act like he got appendicitis so that he could be sent home. A
doctor was sent for Roald but the doctor sensed the trick.
Fortunately, the doctor realized that Roald was really homesick and
allow him to went back home.
When Roald and his mother went to shop for a new
uniform to be used at Repton, they were shocked to see
how fancy the uniform was. The uniform was horrible and
even Roald’s sister cried out in confusion when they saw
the uniform. Mrs. Dahl and Roald went to Repton School
using a train. On Repton, Roald figured out that seniors
were powerful. They could send you to sleep and other
things. As the past headmasters on Roald past
schools, Repton’s headmaster also like to beat students.
Cadbury Chocolate Company used to send Roald’s
school a box of Cadbury chocolates. There were 12 bars
in total. 11 was new flavors which students need to taste
and give comments and 1 was the bar that everybody
knew well, an old flavor. The chocolates were Roald’s
inspiration for his famous book, “Charlie and the
When Roald was small, his mother used to take him and his
siblings on a holiday. Mrs. Dahl also brought a Nanny, in case
she needed help to take care of her six children. They used to
have a trip using boats and Nanny always stayed on the
cabin because she was scared. Roald and his siblings usually
rode a canoe with his mother around the lake to catch jellyfish or any kind of fish. Then after the ride, they would bake
the fish and eat them together.
Sister’s Engagement Trick
Roald’s half-sister which was 12 years older than him was
engaged to a man. The man went with them on a trip. When
his sister weren’t engaged, all of the family always eat
breakfast together, climbed rocks together and do things
together. But thing was different now, his sister ate breakfast
with her man and do things without her family. All the family
started to blame the man to disturb their family relationship.
Roald’s sister engaged man was smoking pipes. When he left
the pipe on the ground, Roald took some goat’s poo and fill it
in the place for the tobacco. When the man came back, he
started to smoke his pipe and realize that something was
different. Then, one of Roald’s younger sibling pointed out that
the man was smoking goat’s tobacco and everyone in the
family had watch Roald do this started to laugh.
When Roald was in his last year in Repton, his mother gave him 2
options for continuing school. Schools like Oxford and Cambridge
were easy to get in to back then, at least you can pay. But Roald
doesn’t want to continue school. He wanted to find a job that
could bring him Africa and China; airplanes were rare during that
time. He was accepted on Imperial Chemicals Company. But,
Roald really wanted to get accepted on the Shell Company but
his headmaster told him that it was impossible unless he was a
Head of the School or Head of the House. When Roald was 18, he
got accepted as being a Staff Trainee in the Shell Company. One
day, he was asked to go to Egypt but he resist. On the next
chance, he got his dream. He was sent off to East Africa. Roald
was a pilot and he shot down many planes. But, he also got shot
downed. He was cared in Alexandria Hospital. After he was well,
he went back to fly again.
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