Roald Dahl- By Malavika Vinod

  • Contributed by : Malavika Vinod
  • Status : Dream Dream Dream....
  • Class : 5
  • School : The Indian Community School Kuwait
  • Age : 10
  • Mode : Medium
  • Article type : Essay
  • Target Age Group : 11-15 Years

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We all love chocolates. Young or old that creamy dessert in our mouth thrills us to the bone. Well, there is also a story about this tasty treat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was written by the famous British author Roald Dahl.  This Number one storyteller of the world celebrates his birthday on the 13 of September. On this day fans celebrate by conducting meetings and discussing their favourite Roald Dahl characters, moments and much more.


Dahl spent his childhood in Wales along with his stepsister, stepbrother and four other siblings he had. His sister Astri died of appendicitis at a young therefore leaving him alone with his other three sisters not more than a few weeks after his father died of pneumonia. But Dahl never stopped striving and overcame all his problems.


As a boy he played many pranks and got into trouble many times as he explained in his autobiography Boy – Tales of Childhood. In the book he also tells us about the times he and his friends were called to the principal’s room, how he got beatings and his fear of the cane and other childish experiences that every little kid will laugh with delight at. He even tells about the time he was transferred to a boarding school at St. Peters.  There he had a miserable time and used to write many letters to his Mother but never told about his unhappiness. He survived his years there by always staying low. But sometimes when homesickness ruled above his feelings he had pretended to have an illness and was sent back home for a few weeks.


At the age of 13, Dahl started attending Repton School in Derbyshire. In Boy – Tales of Childhood he says that he felt very weird wearing the frock like uniform of Repton. But when he reached the train station he saw many other boys wearing the same uniform and his mother told that other people will be impressed that he was going to such a popular school.


At Repton Dahl had great years. During that period of time he not only matured and became ready for the hardships in adult life but also became a very good player of football and golf and was also assigned as the captain of the squash team. He took up a keen interest in literature and was a good photographer and was not known at school as a talented writer. Here’s a comment from one of his English teachers "I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended." The other interesting thing happened during his time at Repton was that Cadbury used to send new chocolates for the students to taste. Dahl later said that this was his inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Roald Dahl is one of the few authors who wrote stories from children’s point of view. He gave respect to children’s perceptive and almost all the stories carved their triumphs. Through his story Madilda we all saw how carefully he took us through a young girl’s mind. He succeeded in taking the readers along with Matilda all around the world through her passion of reading books and thereby creating an awareness among young minds about the relevance of reading. His playful use of language is a major or attractive element in his stories. He is a must read author who lives and leaves an impact in children’s mind.

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