The Character Of The Hitchhiker In The Hitchhiker By Roald Dahl

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'The Hitchhiker' by Roald Dahl is a short story that involves an interesting character. The writer makes this character very realistic. When I read this story I found the character had many good points but also many bad points.

'The Hitchhiker' by Roald Dahl is about the writer who has a brand new car. The writer heads to London in his new car. On the way, he picks up a hitchhiker. The hitchhiker is going to the horse racing. When their driving on the road, the hitchhiker encourages the writer to go faster and faster. They are then stopped by the police. The Policeman gives the writer a speeding ticket. The Policeman writes their names in his book. The hitchhiker then steals the books, so there?s no evidence for the speeding.

The hitchhiker in this story, is a very unique and easily imagined character. This unique character has many characteristics. As the writer picks up the hitchhiker in the story, Dahl describes him very well. When I read this I thought negative thoughts about him. He had an unpleasant appearance. ? He was a small ratty-faced man with grey teeth? That line gave me a clear picture of him. The reason why he gave me negative thoughts is because rats are sneaky, annoying, evil rodents, so I compared that to him. After that Dahl had more unpleasant remarks about the hitchhiker, ?his eyes were dark and quick and clever, like a rat?s eyes, and his ears were slightly pointed at the top?, This gave me a better idea of what he looked like. ? A greyish - coloured jacket with enormous pockets?, when I read that line I thought immediately that he was a pickpocket, ?enormous pockets?. Dahl did write something positive about his appearance. In contrast to his awful appearance, the writer notices something pleasant about him. ? I glanced at his fingers. They were so beautifully shaped, so slim and long and elegant?, as I read that line, I wondered why Dahl wrote about the hitchhikers fingers. However Dahl makes the character more fascinating and unique.

Further on in the story, the hitchhiker began to unwrap. His personality and thoughts began to unfold. I noticed the hitchhiker had strong opinions. The hitchhiker thinks his highly skilled job is more important than any other, ?crummy jobs?. In my opinion I would say he must have a ?crummy job?, because he is the one who is a hitchhiker. He also said ? all car makers are liars? and ?there?s a lot of bad writers around?. I admired the character when he said this. I admired him because he stuck to his guns. When the writer disagreed with him he still stuck to his opinions. At this point in the story I got more interested with this character, I think Dahl is great at getting your eyes stuck to the book.

Reading on in the story, I found the ratty-faced hitchhiker had a lot of knowledge. Even though the hitchhiker is a pickpocket, He knows a lot about antiques and he has good general knowledge, ?they wont put nobody in the clink just for speeding?. As the two of them are in...

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