In conclusion, by creating villainous adult characters in such a way, Dahl establishes a complicated connection between secrecy and knowledge as the narrative unfolds. Dahl differs from other writers of children’s fiction in one crucial aspect. Where texts, myths, authors, parents, and guardians in other authors’ works perpetuate a safe mythology about adults, Dahl’s narrators promise to disclose their darker versions. This practice is suitably complemented by juxtaposing a benevolent adult who serves as a guardian and guide to the hero. It is an effective literary model that succeeds by inviting the readers into the intimate space of the narrator, where, they will eventually be enlightened.
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