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Themes in Dahl's James and the Giant PeachDo you have any articles that tie with the...

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dagemy | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM via web

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Themes in Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Do you have any articles that tie with the theme of James and the Giant Peach?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM (Answer #2)

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You can try here:

http://www.enotes.com/james-peach-salem/james-giant-peach

When teaching a book like this, I first ask students what message the author was trying to send and why fantasy was the best outlet.  I have them ask a) What does the main character learn? And b) How does the main character change?  For example, the major universal themes of the importance of hard work and good versus evil are explored in this text through James’s adventures.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM (Answer #3)

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I would suggest finding articles which speak to the lives of youths placed in foster homes (or are in the "system"). While a stretch from the story, articles like this can speak to the trials and changes which children in foster homes or "in the system" face. A link for examples if provided below.

http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1928-02464-001

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213400001897

 

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