What are examples of symbolism in Roald Dahl's "The Landlady"?
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 two stories found in chapter 14 of the Book of Daniel. The two stories are together called Bel and the Dragon, and both stories concern the topic of idolatry. Idolatry is the worship of images of deities but is also loosely interpreted as the worship or adoration of anything that is not God, such as of material possessions or of people of importance. The allusion to the stories called Bel and the Dragon symbolizes the dangers of the landlady's idolatry in Dahl's short story.
In the story of Bel, the prophet Daniel points out to Babylonian King Astyages the absurdity of worshiping the idol Bel , a title given to multiple gods. Daniel points out to the king that worshiping the idol is foolish because the idol is not the one who eats and drinks the offerings given to it each day; the idol has no power. Instead,...
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