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Theme refers to a universal idea or message that runs throughout a story. A story may have more than one theme, or a major (central) theme and other sub- or alternative themes, which may or may not...

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The reason why Billy did not go to the pub is because he was already intrigued by the landlady's boarding house. In fact, he had already seen the seemingly-bewitching "BED AND BREAKFAST" sign one...

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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...

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The climax of Roald Dahl's story “The Landlady” occurs at the very end of tale when we, perhaps along with protagonist Billy Weaver, figure out that poor Billy is in mortal danger. The story breaks...

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In his story "The Landlady," Roald Dahl employs a variety of figurative language devices, such as imagery, simile, personification, and idiom. The story is especially strong in visual imagery....

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We sense there's something odd about the landlady from the very moment poor old Billy Weaver sets foot inside her guest-house. She seems perfectly nice on the surface, but there's something more...

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It sounds like you are filling out a plot diagram for the short story "The Landlady." Check out the video linked below for more on plot diagrams. As a quick review, plot diagrams are a visual...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl, readers do not find out the landlady's true intentions until the end. However, the author expertly plants clues hinting that something sinister is...

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First, Dahl holds the reader's attention through the opening setting. Billy is in an unfamiliar town; it is dark, and he needs shelter from the "deadly cold" of the air and the wind that is "like...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2009, 5:19 am (UTC)

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The reader is kept in Billy's point of view and picks up clues with the viewpoint character but attaches more significance to them. The first would be the cheapness of the rent, which is only five...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013, 10:00 pm (UTC)

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Dahl effectively creates tension by setting a nightmarish tale in a seemingly normal, everyday environment. The story takes place in a cosy bed and breakfast in the beautiful, ancient city of Bath....

Latest answer posted November 13, 2017, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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Roald Dahl is known for his rather eerie, or at least chilling, stories, and "The Landlady" is no exception. We meet her when seventeen-year-old Billy Weaver arrives in town and decides to enquire...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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One point of symbolism in Roald Dahl's "The Landlady" is the name of the pub recommended to Billy for his first night in Bath, The Bell and Dragon. The name can be seen as a biblical allusion to...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016, 9:04 am (UTC)

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Your question appears to refer to a short story titled "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl. In this story a seventeen-year-old young man named Billy Weaver has been sent on a business trip and needs to...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2016, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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Of course the tottering and doting old lady appears to be the nicest person in the world, but Dahl gives his own hints about what might be going on. The overpowering ability of the bed and...

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In literature, the eyes of females usually carry significance. The color of the eyes is meant to be a reflection of the soul. If the eyes are fair and kind, so is the soul of the character. That is...

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There are tell-tale signs throughout the story which hint at the 'surprise' which is to come. While looking for 'The Bell and Dragon' to take a room there, Billy Weaver notices a sign " Bed and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2009, 12:57 am (UTC)

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After a certain point in the story Roald Dahl holds the reader's interest with foreshadowing. But in the early part he holds the reader's interest just by describing a scene of perfect simplicity...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2013, 12:17 am (UTC)

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According to the American Heritage Dictionary,a double entendre is A word or phrase having a double meaning, especially when the second meaning is risque (See link) In the story "The Landlady"...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2011, 6:49 am (UTC)

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A seventeen-year-old man named Billy Weaver travels by train from London to Bath for business. When he gets to Bath, he is supposed to find lodgings and then report for work the next day. The...

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The Landlady does suffer from a trauma that has led her to obsession. Her obsession is towards things that she detects on people which make them unique, like for example when she said that "Mr....

Latest answer posted June 21, 2009, 6:15 am (UTC)

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The grotesque, murderous behavior of the title character in Dahl's short story "The Landlady" could be seen as an extended act of revenge upon society. Or, more specifically, it could be seen as...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020, 10:12 am (UTC)

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Roald Dahl uses plenty of foreshadowing in his story "The Landlady," and this gives readers plenty of clues that Billy Weaver just might experience a horrible fate. Let's look at some examples....

Latest answer posted December 5, 2021, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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I am not sure exactly what information you would like regarding this quote, but I assume you would like an explanation of its meaning. "Beauty is to be preserved" means, simply put, that what is...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2010, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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