Roald dahl short story analysis

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Short Story Analysis

Roald Dahl was one of the most prolific and influential writers of the 20th century. He wrote

for both children and adults alike. However, his adult stories usually have a lot darker topics.. In

the short stories "Mrs.Bixpy and the Colonel's Coat", "Nunc Dimmitis" and "The Visitor", Roald

Dahl plays with the idea that physical attraction is stronger than emotional attraction and he

reinforces the theme that those who betray, deceive and manipulate eventually do get brought to

justice, through dark humor and suspense.

Justice is a deserved punishment or reward. In These short stories, there are characters who

manipulate and use other people in unjust and immoral ways. In the story " The Visitor", a good

example of a person like this is Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, or Uncle Oswald for short. He is

introduced to us through the narrator who had just inherited his uncle's memoirs. We read that

Uncle Oswald was a seducer and a womanizer. He had many affairs with women. As he was

traveling to Jerusalem fleeing from a love escapade in Cairo, he met a rich Arab named Abdul

Aziz. Uncle Oswald had seen that he had a beautiful wife and daughter. He couldn't make up his

mind of which one to seduce. Oswald later spent the night at his house. While he is sleeping a

woman gets into bed next to him. Uncle Oswald ended up getting just what he had wanted, sex.

However, this time his promiscuous actions would catch up to him. He later found out that the

woman that he had slept with was neither Abdul's wife or his daughter that he had met. He found

out that he had slept with Abdul's daughter that had leprosy. Abdul Aziz said, "There ́s absolutely

nothing in the world for you to worry about. It is not a very contagious disease. You have to have

the most intimate contact with the person in order to catch it."(Dahl Vol.1 298) Uncle Oswald

had been beaten at his own game. Instead of Uncle Oswald luring women into having sex with

him, the daughter with leprosy had lured Uncle Oswald into having sex with her. Uncle Oswald

then had to deal with the aftermath of having sexual relations rather than the woman having to

deal with it.

In the story " Mrs.Bixpy and the Colonel's Coat", an example of where justice is served to an

unjust character is Mrs.Bixpy. She is having an affair with the Colonel. She would tell her

husband that she was seeing her aunt in Ireland but she would actually go see the Colonel. He

gives Mrs.Bixpy a very expensive mink coat as he tells her that their relationship has to come to

an end. In order to get the coat with out any suspicion from her husband, she pawns it. She then

tells her husband that she found a ticket from the pawn shop and for him to go see what the ticket

is for. Just as she thought that her plan of manipulation and deception of her husband had

worked, it took a turn for the worse for Mrs.Bixpy. Her husband handed her a very cheap stole,

not her very expensive mink coat. Mrs.Bixpy knew something was off when she passed by her

husband's secretary. "Isn ́t it s gorgeos day? Miss Pulteney said as she went by, flashing a smile.

There was a lilt in her walk, a little whiff of perfume attending her, and she looked like a queen,

just exactly like a queen in the beautiful black mink coat that the Colonel had given to Mrs

Bixby"(Dahl Vol.1 63). Mrs.Bixpy began to put all the pieces together and she realized that her

husband was cheating on her. This is a surprise to Mrs.Bixpy because she thought that she was

the one that was being clever. She then realizes that she was getting just as manipulated as she

was to her husband.Justice was served in that Mrs.Bixpy realized that...
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