What is the theme or central message of The BFG by Roald Dahl?

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The BFG by Roald Dahl is a children's book. The book is narrated through the eyes of Sophie, a young orphan, and describes her life after she encounters the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Initially, Sophie is frightened of the BFG and worries he will eat her, but they eventually become...

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The BFG by Roald Dahl is a children's book. The book is narrated through the eyes of Sophie, a young orphan, and describes her life after she encounters the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Initially, Sophie is frightened of the BFG and worries he will eat her, but they eventually become friends and save England from evil giants.

The main message of the story has to do with real morality versus conventions. Although the BFG appears frightening on the surface and does not follow the conventions of polite society, he is a morally good character, showing what matters is character, not external appearances or circumstances. The BFG and Sophie are both despised outcasts, but prove themselves heroic. Trust and friendship can overcome the barriers between even the most superficially different people. As shown in BFG's treatment of his opponents, it is always important to choose fair and just means to achieve one's ends.

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The BFG explores several notable themes including bravery, the deceptiveness of appearances, and teamwork. Of these, the teamwork theme is perhaps most significant to the development of the story. When Sophie learns to love and trust the BFG in spite of his terrifying appearance, she joins forces with him, and their alliance enables them to concoct and carry out an elaborate, fantastical plan to save England from flesh-eating giants. The plan Sophie and the BFG develop and put into action is something neither of them could accomplish alone: the BFG creates a dream illustrating the evil giants' plan, and Sophie interprets the dream for the Queen. The book presents the BFG and Sophie as members of a team that support one another and use their (now doubled) set of skills for the greater good.

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