The Dark Side of Roald Dahl

The beloved author may have held offensive views, but we can still find redeeming messages in his books

JSTR808

07/21/2005 02:23:13 PM

Resist1: Good post. As a parent of 3 children, being imperfect is just as important a lesson as teaching ideals. Blessings, Jes

resist1

07/20/2005 02:11:57 PM

"for example, teens who are bombarded with media every day can learn to ask questions about the people behind the creation of that media--books, movies, whatever it is--so they can begin to make their own decisions about what they should read or watch." As an educator, I very much agree with this sentiment because, as a Christian I realize that I can't demand perfection or even consistency from teachers, preachers, pastors, etc., but that their imperfections do not neccessarily negate the good they strive to do. God works through each of us fallible humans to create many good things. Dahl's work clearly illustrates that he aspired to higher principles, but like the rest of us, frequently failed to live up to the ideal. Kids can learn this, and be better for it.

kristinkay

07/20/2005 12:04:40 PM

Enjoying everyone's comments on this topic a bunch. I just wanted to say that if you are interested in the book, there is a potentially better deal to be had by clicking on the author's name and going to her blog than by going through Amazon.

JSTR808

07/20/2005 11:40:26 AM

I believe that God uses the "dark side" of our nature as an avenue that fuels our desire to exersize our gifts. I was a competative fighter for many years, yet many people simply don't believe I was good at hitting people because I am generally reserved and good natured. Once again, it was hurt and anger that drove me to want to be in the gym, but it as the love of fighting that made me into a solid and cognative fighter who easily had dinner with an apponent after a fight. One's life is balanced between the good and evil.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/18/2005 09:10:25 PM

For many years, I was totally unaware of Dahl's children's books. The fact that they actually have a dark streak is hardly surprising, because the works I knew were short stories of grotesque horror and humor.

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