“Poison” By: Roald Dahl “I haven’t been bitten,” he whispered. “Not yet.” Words to Own 1. The cats were being fed dry food intravenously during the week. 2. Through the fog, the pilot was just able to discern the runway lights. 3. She always found hot August days to be oppressive. 4. Howard’s attitude toward money was frivolous; he rarely spent a dime unnecessarily. ROALD DAHL ROALD DAHL Roald Dahl was born on September 13th 1916 in Llandaff, Wales. His father and older sister Astri died when he was just 3 years old and his mother was left to care for 6 children all by herself. TRAGEDY He married actress “Pat” Neal and had 5 children; Olivia, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy. His oldest daughter Olivia died from measles that developed into encephalitis. (Inflammation of the brain) Then, his four month old son Theo was brain damaged after a road accident. Roald Dahl Roald wrote about his difficult life as a child and an adult in two of his books “Boy” and “Going Solo”. He was often beaten in his prep school and never went to a university. Books Matilda Charlie and the Chocolate Factory James and the Giant Peach Boy Danny the Champion of the World Ghost Stories Revolting Recipes Revolting Rhymes Most Famous Books Among Roald Dahls most famous books were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more. Adults and children alike love his timeless stories that will be told for generations to come. Add’l Notes Roald Dahl remains the most popular children's author among 16- 34 year olds and still tops J.K. Rowling. He died of an infection at 75 years old in Oxford, England on November 23rd 1990. AWARDS 1954- Edgar Allan Poe award and Mystery Writers of America award. 1959- Second Edgar Allan Poe Award and second Mystery Writers of America Award. 1972- New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award “Poison” cont… “Poison” cont… Setting: - Colonial India - Midnight - WWII -1930s-1940s P.O.V. - 1st person: Timber Woods is telling the story “Poison” cont… Characters: Timber Woods: -Narrator -British -Round Character Harry Pope: -Racist -Rude -British Dr. Ganderbai: -Indian - Kind to help Harry in the middle of the night “Poison” cont… Symbols: Snake: represents racism inside Harry (evil). Mother of Pearl: represents Harry on the outside (nice). The Poison: The hurtfulness of racism “Poison” cont… , In his short story “Poison,” Roald Dahl indicates that judging a person by his appearance can be dangerous. …illustrates that racism is extremely hurtful. “Poison”ous Ending How 1. 2. 3. 4. should the story end? Think of a fitting ending for the story. Create a 4-paneled comic strip. Make sure to include the 3 characters. Each panel should have a dialogue and a caption. “Poison”ous Difference How does the radio drama differ from the original story? 1. Cite 5 differences between the two. Explain how these were shown. 2. You should focus on the differences in how the story was carried out. 3. You can also mention something about the characters.