The Landlady Roald Dahl Essay

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Roald Dahl was a writer. One of the most successful and well-known of all Children´s writers. Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales, in the UK. He was British, although descent was from Norwegian parents. He was educated in England. The young Roald loved stories and books. His mother use to tell him and his sisters tales about trolls and other mythical Norwegian creatures. One of his most famous short stories is “The Landlady”. The Landlady had first appeared in ‘The New Yorker’ on 1959 and since then was included in Dahl’s various collections of short stories. The story of “The Landlady” is being centered on a 17-year-old young bay which goes by the name of Billy Weaver. Billy travels to Bath, England for a business trip. Along the way, he…show more content…
The two men Billy remember from the missing person’s reports, when he saw the names in her guest book. But before this, Billy says no names have been in the log book since these two other men. It only becomes tremendously suspicious and uncanny when Dahl implements her dialogue to be, “I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away”… Although this makes the Landlady seem very insane and crazy, if we were to refer back to the idea of gender stereotypes and the possible inference of sexual connotations; Dahl maybe want to prove that stereotypically you should not judge someone by their title, nor their role. They can be insane, strong, happy, sad etc regardless of gender. As a short story I liked it and could have analyzed it through a number of different theories. I chose the uncanny of Freud and the gender roles because I have found them to be very interesting towards me and I want to know as much more about them as I possibly can. I still admire both the gender roles and the psychology behind the story and these types of the uncanny and stereotyping is something that people do on a daily basis and this could be a good short story to try to make them switch their way of
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