Is "The Wish" a story about self-confidence overcoming fear or about greed? Give your arguments.

"The Wish" is primarily a story about self-confidence overcoming fear. This can be seen in the boy's intense focus on facing the challenge of crossing the carpet.

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Roald Dahl's "The Wish" is about self-confidence overcoming fear rather than about greed.

Admittedly, "greed," the desire for a puppy, is a motivating factor. However, the puppy motivator is a fantasy that boy has made up to help him overcome his fear of crossing the treacherous carpet. He says...

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Roald Dahl's "The Wish" is about self-confidence overcoming fear rather than about greed.

Admittedly, "greed," the desire for a puppy, is a motivating factor. However, the puppy motivator is a fantasy that boy has made up to help him overcome his fear of crossing the treacherous carpet. He says to himself,

if I get across safely, without being burnt and without being bitten, I will be given a puppy for my birthday tomorrow

We have no way of knowing if it is even his birthday tomorrow or if the birthday is part of a fantasy world that involves turning the patterned carpet in his hallway into a dangerous landscape of hot coals and snakes he must cross. We do know that no adult has promised him a puppy for crossing the carpet.

What chiefly motivates the boy is overcoming the challenge he has set for himself. He is intensely focused on his journey, as is emphasized by the use of exclamation points:

There! He had started! His bright oval face was curiously intent.

We see him primarily facing his fears:

he felt that old sudden sickening surge of panic in his chest—like last Easter time, that afternoon when he got lost all alone in the darkest part of Piper's Wood.

Even the puppy becomes part of his project of overcoming fears to achieve a goal:

But the fear of not getting the puppy compelled him to go on.

This tale enters into the mind of an imaginative child and reflects the child's ability to turn something as commonplace as a patterned carpet into a scene of adventure and challenge in which he can act out his fears in a safe environment.

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