In "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl, what are the theme and conflict?

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The theme of a story is the lesson that can be learned from it and the conflict is the struggle between opposing forces. Usually, one can find a lesson to be learned from the conflict itself or the resolution of that conflict. In Roald Dahl's "The Landlady," the conflict is both man vs. himself and man vs. man, or, in this case, man vs. very creepy old lady who kills handsome young men and stuffs them like trophies.

First, Billy Weaver struggles with himself to make a decision about where to stay for the night when traveling on a business trip. He's on his way to a public inn when he catches sight of an old lady's bed and breakfast. He becomes entranced by green curtains, chrysanthemums, a fire in the hearth, and "a pretty little dachshund" asleep on the carpet. Then, when the landlady tells...

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Trust the experienced people i.e. the porter who works in Bath. Don't judge based on the appearance of things.

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braves25 | Student

Don't go to somebody house you don't know.

 

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