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The War of Ages: A Deconstruction of the Adult-Child Dichotomy in Roald Dahl's Matilda
Halmstad University, School of Teacher Education (LUT).
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This literary essay is centered around Roald Dahl's Matilda and employs deconstructive theory in order to dismantle the binary relationship between adults and children that the novel's author attempts to uphold. The portrayal of adult characters as either evil or passive, and child characters as innocent and helpless, establishes children and grownups as juxtaposed and limits the choice of hero to a child. However, an analysis of the child hero reveals an identity that more resembles an adult. The essay contends that novel's protagonist, a child in body but not in mind, does not support the adult-child dichotomy that Dahl has established in Matilda.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 23 p.
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-19192OAI: diva2:542826
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-09-05 Created: 2012-08-03 Last updated: 2013-09-05Bibliographically approved

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