MATILDA
Title: Matilda.
Writer: Roald Dahl.
Place: London.
Year: First published by Jonathan Cape, 1988.
Publisher: Puffin Books.
Genre: mainly fantasy.
Summary:
The story is about Matilda, a special little girl.
When she was at the age of one her speech was perfect and she knew as many words as most grown-up.
By the time she was three, Matilda had taught herself to read by studying newspapers and magazines that lay around the house. At the age of four, she could read fast and well and she naturally began hunkering after books.
At the age of four she had read all the children books from the library and she started with books like: Nicolas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, and books from Charles Dickens.
Matilda’s parents didn’t like her and they hated reading books. They thought you should be interested in other things than books, like watching television for instance.
Matilda understood they didn’t like her. So, Matilda started to punish them with some mischievous pranks to get their attention. She, for example put superglue in her dad’s hat, so he couldn’t take in off. Another time Matilda borrowed a parrot and stuffed it upon the chimney where it made sounds like a ghost.
When Matilda was five and a half, she went to school, Matilda was very happy about it. Most children begin primary school at five or even just before, but Matilda parents, who weren’t very, concerned one way or the other about their daughter’s education, had forgotten to make the proper arrangements in advance.
The village school for younger children was a bleak brick building called Crunchem Hall Primary School.
Her teacher was Miss Honey. Miss Honey noticed that Matilda was really very smart from the first day already.
Miss Honey went to the headmistress Miss Trunchbull, a very mean teacher, and told her that Matilda should be taken out of her class and placed immediately in the top class with the eleven-years-old children. Miss Trunchbull said “nonsense” and didn’t want to hear anything about it any more.
Miss Honey was determined to help Matilda.
Than Matilda discovered she had a special power: she could pick up things with her brain without moving. She told this to Miss Honey, her lovely teacher.
Matilda wanted to tell Miss Honey about her special power and went to Miss Honey’s house. When she came there she was shocked about Miss Honey’s poverty. Miss Trunchbull gave her almost no wage.
Miss Honey has had a terrible childhood, because both of her parents died when she was very young. Her guardian was the terrible Miss Trunchbull, the sister of her mother who had made her youth awful.
Matilda wanted to help Miss Honey and made a wonderful plan. She used her special power. The plan succeeded and Miss Trunchbull was driven away.
Matilda’s father decided to emigrate to Spain with his family. Matilda wanted to stay with Miss Honey and live in her house.
Her parents agreed.
Persons:

-Matilda Wormwood:
she is the greatest part of this book. She is sensitive and brilliant. Her mind is humble and she is very quickly to learn something. She is a small girl with brown hair and brown eyes. She is a nice girl.
She is very intelligent, and she loves school. She has a magic power with her brain, she can move things. Her parents don’t care about Matilda, they find her own daughter strange, ONLY because Matilda is very smart, and very pedantic.
-Mrs. Wormwood: Matilda’s mother.
She is a large woman whose hair was dyed platinumblonde except where you could see the mousy-brown bits growing out from the roots. She wore heavy make-up and she had one of those unfortunate bulging figures where the flesh appears to be strapped in all around the body to prevent it from falling out.
Every afternoon, she goes to Aylesbury to play bingo.
-Mr. Wormwood:
he is a dealer in secondhand cars and it seemed he did pretty well at it. He is dishonest, because he put sawdust into the car, and he takes the speedometer out and fiddles the numbers back.
Mr. Wormwood is a small ratty-looking man whose front teeth stuck out underneath a thin ratty moustache. He liked to wear jackets with large brightly- colored checks and he sported ties that were usually yellow or pale green.
And if he comes home, he is watching TV and eats his dinner.
-Michael:
Matilda’s brother. He is a perfectly normal boy.
-Miss Trunchbull:
she is the headmistress of the school. She had once been a famous athlete, and even now the muscles were still clearly in evidence, and she still practices puts with children, she throws them trough the air.
Or sometimes she puts them in the chokey.
You could see them in the bull-neck, in the big shoulders, in the thick arms, in the sinewy wrists and in the powerful legs.
Looking at her, you got the feeling that this was someone who could bend iron bars and tear telephone directories in half.
Her face was neither a thing of beauty nor a joy for ever.
She had an obstinate chin cruel mouth and small arrogant eyes. And as for her clothes…they were, to say the least, extremely odd. She always wore a brown cotton smock which was pinched in around the waist with a wide leather belt. The belt was fastened in front with an enormous silver buckle. The massive thighs which emerged from out of the smock were encased in a pair of extraordinary breeches, bottle-green in color and made of coarse twill. These breeches reached to just below the knees and from there on down she sported green stockings with turn-up tops, which displayed her calf muscles to perfection. On her feet she wore flat-heeled brown brogues with leather flaps. She looked, in short, more like eccentric and bloodthirsty follower of the stag-hounds than the headmistress of a nice school for children. She is really very mean!!! She has no heart and she enjoys unhappiness of other people. She’s never nice and hasn’t got nice feelings for any person in the world.
She is a bad and unpleasant person….
Miss Honey: the lovely teacher from Matilda.
She had a lovely pale oval Madonna face with blue eyes and her hair was light brown. Her body was so slim and fragile one got the feeling that if she fell over she would smash into a thousand pieces, like a porcelain figure.
Miss Honey was a mild and quiet person who never raised her voice and was seldom seen to smile, but there is no doubt she possessed that rare gift for being adored by every small child under her care. She seemed to understand totally the bewilderment and fear that so often overwhelms young children who for the first time in their lives are herded into a classroom and told to obey orders. Some curious warmth that was almost tangible shone out of Miss Honey’s face when she spoke to a confused and home stick newcomer to the class.
Miss Honey is very poor, she has no furniture, and no kitchen stove and no bathroom.
Miss Honey has a problem, and she tells the story to Matilda.
Miss Honey’s mother died when she was two. Her father was a busydoctor. Her father invited her mother’s unmarried sister, her aunt, to come and live with her. Her aunt was not a kind person, Miss Honey hated her. When she was five, her father died. And so she was left to live alone with her aunt. Her aunt was her legal guardian. She has all the power of a parent over Miss Honey.
Miss Honey’s life was a nightmare…
And by the time Miss Honey was ten, she had become her slave, she did all the housework. When she was eighteen, she went into Teacher’s Training.
When she got her teacher’s job, the aunt told her she owed her a lot of money.
The aunt from Miss Honey is “Miss Trunchbull”!! “Terrifying”!!!!!
Setting:
The story takes place in:
-Crunchem Hall Primary School: the school from Matilda.
-Matilda’s house.
-Miss Honey’s house.
Theme:
The important thing:
-friendship: Matilda’s has a friendship with Miss Honey.
-quarrel: with her own parents.
-brainpower: the power from Matilda.
-infant prodigy: Matilda.
-miracle: Matilda could pick up things with her eyes without moving.
My personal opinion:
This book was very interesting.
It’s a great book if you like to let your fantasy go, I really enjoyed it.
I was very happy when Matilda stayed with Miss Honey at the end of the story.
Because, Matilda wasn’t lucky by her own parents.
Finally there was someone that really cared about her.

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