The Influence of the Original BFG, Roald Dahl.

by sherrinak

SHOWING YOUR WORTH

The Influence of the Original BFG, Roald Dahl.
by sherrinak
My work routine is very simple…
You have to keep your bottom on the chair and stick it out.
Otherwise, if you start getting in the habit of walking away, you’ll never get it done.
~Roald Dahl.

The BFG at his best!

The BFG at his best!

Nina Levy, what an inspiring and brave human! The message I really got from her experiences was that to do the things that set your soul alight, sometimes you have to believe in yourself and your abilities in spite of the little voices in the back of your head.

The books of Roald Dahl are irrepressible, exciting, addictive and celebrate the world with childish imagination and an abandoned glee that carries across generations. Dahl created alternate realities which provided an antidote to propaganda of empires past and their colonial times. Novels which were characteristically dry, didactic and moralistic; conscientiously designed to teach children to never question the authority of superiors (adults), to know their place – be it social, racial or gendered. Dahl’s Child Protagonists navigate seas and ravines of adult ridiculousness, often standing as the sole voice of reason in worlds beyond rationality.

Dahl’s children were everything a creative and intelligent child wished to be, and nothing like the indoctrinated miniature adults that appeared in other children’s literature.The element of mischievousness, lateral thinking and a disregard for social paradigms previously settlement for children and all things childish, bestows each of the heroic children – facing down some of their worst fears and chasing their most precious, secret dreams – a power that is theirs by virtue of not being enamoured (just yet) by adult, worldly, material things.

“The BFG” inspired mixed emotions: revulsion, excitement, fear, celebration and the wish to be granted beautiful dreams by the BFG. A fairly complicated, but absolutely believable, emotional journey orchestrated by the ultimate of child wranglers, Mr. Roald Dahl. I wonder, really and truly wonder, if he imagined the unique gift he left this world’s children?

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