What targets and tools does Roald Dahl use to reflect social criticism in his works “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Fenerci, Can (2012) What targets and tools does Roald Dahl use to reflect social criticism in his works “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Other thesis, TED Ankara College Foundation High School.

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Roald Dahl, being one of the most well-known authors of Britain, has risen to prominence in children’s literature. By his works and unique style, Dahl managed to transcend the borders of adulthood and address his works to both adults and children. As a winner of “Millennium Children's Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award” for his famous work: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Dahl’s impact on his audience and his universal success were highly appreciated. In this study, Dahl’s works “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and“Matilda” are investigated to relate societal misconceptions and human flaws. The research question is chosen to observe children’s literature and its role in pointing out such misconceptions. The research question is handled in two parts: tools and targets. The devices that Dahl uses to convey his criticism are themes, language, absolute distinctions and characterization. Such tools, by defining and portraying human blemishes target a criticism on adults, materialism and insatiability. Although the works chosen belong to children’s literature, the criticism they raise is attributed to societal issues with the messages and lessons conveyed. Regardless of Dahl’s using a simple and plain language, such depictions, characterization and themes, he creates a vast distinction and irony among concepts. Such satirical and ironic tone decries the intricate world of adulthood, while dispraising the perpetual pursuit of physical matter and its being the pioneer concept in life. The criticism of materialism and physical matters’ reign in people’s lives is supported by such a human flaw as insatiability that is largely addressed in both novels.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: SUPERVISOR: Mine Mavioğlu, IB Notu: B
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, children’s literature, Matilda
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 08:28
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 09:28
URI: http://tedprints.tedankara.k12.tr/id/eprint/244

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