Some of my favorite childhood classic books included: Danny: The Champion of the World, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Matilda and The Twits for their luring creativity and silliness. I just couldn’t get enough of Roald Dahl’s stories and like many other children; I fell in love with his characters and enjoyed his books come to life on the big screen. Roald Dahl was the reason I liked to read when I was a kid, and for that he has become a huge inspiration. His books were filled with adventure, a crude sense of humor, filled with naughty children taking revenge on adult wrongdoers. By looking into his personal life and reading his autobiography, it became apparent how his relationships and experiences through life influenced his writing as an author.
When Dahl was only three years old, his seven-year-old sister, Astri, died from appendicitis and weeks later, his father died of pneumonia at the age of 57 (some say from grief) while on a fishing trip in the Antarctic. His mother eventually sent him to a boarding school for playing practical jokes and getting into trouble at the local school. This was a previous request of his father because he had wished to have their children educated in British schools, which he considered to be the worlds best. At the age of eight, he and his four friends were caned by the headmaster for putting a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers at the local sweet shop which was owned by a "mean and loathsome" old woman, these boys were later the five characters of Roald Dahls first autobiographical book in the "Great Mouse Plot of 1924" from Boy: Tales of Childhood. Dahl was a rambunctious and mischievous child. He recalled having received six strokes of the cane after being accused of cheating at his classwork (in the essay about the life of a penny; he claims that he still has the essay and he was doing well until the nib of his pen broke-fountain pens were not accepted-and had to ask his classmate for one when his teacher heard him and accused him of cheating.)
He resented the rules at boarding school and hardly excelled as a student. Dahl's children's works are usually told from the point of view of a child that typically involve an adult villain who hate and mistreat children, with at least one "good" adult to counteract the villain(s). These stock characters are possibly a reference to the abuse that Dahl stated that he experienced in the boarding schools he attended.
Throughout his childhood and adolescent years, Dahl spent the majority of his summer holidays with his mother's family in Norway, and he wrote about many experiences and fond memories from those expeditions in his autobiography, like when he replaced the tobacco in his half–sister's fiancé's pipe with goat droppings! After graduation, His mother offered to pay for his tuition at Oxford or Cambridge University, Dahl's response, as quoted from his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood, was, "No thank you. I want to go...