What are some of the main events of The BFG?

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The BFG is one of Rohl Dahl’s many classic stories. It follows the life of Sophie, a young girl who after being orphaned, befriends a giant and changes the world. Like many of Dahl’s stories, The BFG puts a child in a dangerous situation, but she can overcome through ingenuity...

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The BFG is one of Rohl Dahl’s many classic stories. It follows the life of Sophie, a young girl who after being orphaned, befriends a giant and changes the world. Like many of Dahl’s stories, The BFG puts a child in a dangerous situation, but she can overcome through ingenuity and courage. To understand the main events of the story, we should plot them on a story arch.

Exposition: Sophie is an orphan because both her parents have died in a car accident. At the start of the story, she is looking out a window late at night and sees a Giant man walking down the road. The man sees her and grabs her to bring her to his cave. Sophie is frightened that she will be eaten, but the giant assures her that he doesn’t eat people.

Rising Action: Sophie soon learns that not all giants are like the BFG when she comes into contact with Bloodbottler in BFG’s cave. There are nine giants who are “man-eaters” that want to eat people. Sophie and the BFG go to the Dream Country to catch dreams because BFG likes to give pleasant dreams to children, that’s kind of like his job. Sophie’s encounters with the man-eating giants move her to plot against them, and she pressures the BFG to meet the Queen of England.

Climax: Sophie and the BFG go to London and give the queen a nightmare about the man-eating giants. Sophie can convince the queen to capture them, and helicopters are sent to round them up. The giants are tied while they sleep and transported back to London where they will be put into a pit.

Falling Action: The giants are put into the pit, and the BFG is sent down to untie them. They are furious and try to keep him with them, but he is pulled up at the last second. The giants will be fed snozzcumbers for the rest of their lives, unable to eat people.

Resolution: Sophie and the BFG are hailed as international heroes. Many people honor them for helping to put a stop to the murderous reign of the giants. The BFG is given a lovely house, and a small cottage for Sophie is built next door.

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While Sophie is lying in her bed in an orphanage, she spots a strange giant man in the street; he sees her as well. He picks her up through the window and takes her to a cave. A horrified Sophie believes that the giant will eat her, but the giant introduces himself as the BFG, or the "big friendly giant." The BFG explains that his job is to spread good dreams around the world while destroying the bad ones.

The two are interrupted by the Bloodbottler, who nearly eats Sophie. The BFG then takes Sophie to Dream Country, where she learns how the BFG captures dreams. She is also introduced to the other mean giants, including the Fleshlumpeater, who is the meanest of them all. Sophie has the idea to get the Queen of England's help to lock up the mean giants. The BFG creates a nightmare for the Queen, who uses her resources to imprison the man-eating giants.

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  1. Orphan Sophie sees a giant out her window at the orphanage.
  2. Sophie is taken by the giant.
  3. The giant introduces himself as the "Big Friendly Giant" or BFG.
  4. The Bloodbottler, a mean giant, visits the BFG.  Sophie must hide in a snozzcumber.
  5. Sophie is introduced to Wizzpopping using a soda-like drink called frobscottle.
  6. The BFG takes Sophie to Dream Country and shows her how he catches dreams.
  7. In Dream Country, they meet other mean giants. Using a nightmare, the BFG distracts the evil giants.
  8. Sophie asks the BFG if they can warn the Queen of England of the evil giants.  The BFG creates a nightmare for the Queen of England, to show her the existence of evil giants.
  9. The Queen believes in her nightmare, warns other rulers.
  10. The evil giants are caught and imprisoned.  The Fleshlumpeater is the hardest the capture, but is eventually caught.
  11. The BFG is given a house next to Sophie's house.  He writes a book about their time together.
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