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Things we learned from The BFG

Things we learned from Roald DahlBy Sarah Kneath

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a massive fan of The BFG. I read a lot as a child and this became a firm favourite from the moment I read the first chapter. I love all of Roald Dahl’s children’s books, I can’t quite bring myself to read the ‘adult’ stories he’s written.

The BFG was written back in 1982 and has been adapted to the big screen a couple of times. It follows the story of young orphan Sophie and her unlikely friendship with the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). It follows their adventures to stop the mean giants from hunting for human beans to eat.

I’ve taken a look back over this wonderful tale to bring you the life-lessons of The BFG and that show why it is such a delightful story…

  1. Not all heroes wear capes

There is a clear theme throughout this story and it is one of bravery and defiance. A young girl living in an orphanage, may not be your stereotypical heroine but she stands up and fights the mean, gruesome giants alongside the BFG. Outsmarting them and eventually coming up with a cunning plan to defeat them once and for all.

And then there’s the BFG himself, a kind, friendly, optimistic giant who is ashamed of his peers and wants the world to know that he is not one of them. He overcomes his fears and stands up to the bullying giants and fights back.

  1. Kill ‘em with kindness

The unlikely friendship between Sophie and the BFG is one that has always held a firm place in my heart. Both are considered outsiders and don’t have any friends until they find one another. Sophie shows the BFG a kindness that he’s not been used to in Giant Country, having been teased for being good all his life.

The BFG, rebels against the other giant’s love for eating human beans and instead travels to Dream Country to bottle dreams. He then uses his trumpet and blows dreams through the windows of sleeping children. The BFG puts himself in danger travelling to catch the dreams and the consideration and kindness that he shows to children shows his true character.

  1. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it

When the BFG gives up hope of ever being rid of the gruesome giants and thwarting their evil plot to gobble up human beans, Sophie hatches a plan. She’s an intelligent young girl who not only manages to get into Buckingham Palace – she actually convinces the Queen to help them.

  1. The world can be a dark place at times but good overcomes

This is a general theme that weaves its way through most of Roald Dahl’s books, whether it’s the terrifying Trunchbull in Matilda, the disgusting, ugly Twits that torment each other daily or James’s cruel aunts who force him to do hard labour… Good always overcomes in the end.

The evil giants that torment and bully the BFG and roam the country looking for human beans to guzzle are defeated and imprisoned so Sophie and the BFG are free to live a happy life, the BFG in a posh castle, and Sophie next door in a comfortable cottage.

With so many wonderful life lessons and morals to this story, it’s not surprising that it’s been adapted numerous times. The story is full of warmth, courage and heart. Two outsiders come together to become friends and overcome evil – I mean, what’s not to love about that?

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