Thestories of Dahl possess a great sense of humor but with a hurtingaspect behind it. This, therefore, denies the reader a chance tolaugh loud. In the story “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel`s Coat,” itis very funny the way Mrs. Bixby is tricking her husband not to knowwhat was going on between her and colonel. Little did she know thather husband was also having an affair with his office’s secretary.Her attempts to hide the truth about where the coat had originatedfrom brought about a paradigm shift, where her present ended up beingsecretary’s in her husband’s office. "Parson`s Pleasure"is another story by Dahl that has a great sense of humor but thereader is denied a chance of enjoying the humor by the scenarioencompassed by the humor. Mr. Boggis who is the story’s protagonistdeals with brokerage of furniture. When he visited a farm in thecounty of Buckinghamshire seeing the furniture in that room and theirvalue, he almost collapsed. This is a funny scenario in that ratherthan being happy it is like he has been shocked. However, his dreamof getting the furniture which was very valuable almost went to stalewhen those friends seemed to make it difficult for him. Aftermanaging to trick them, they broke the legs of the furniture and oneof the friends thought it would fail to fit in the car only to findhe was using a station wagon. The fun that every person was creatingwould be cut off by a particular aspect and hence the sense of humorcreated by Dahl would not make the reader to laugh loud.
Inthe two stories of Dahl, “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s coat”and “Parson’s Pleasure,” greed has played an integral part invarious characters’ motivation. Mrs. Bixby was driven by greed tohaving an affair with colonel the same as his husband. The greedcould be of sexual greed or material. This is because both weremarried and there was no sense of another affair. Similarly, thewhole scenario of the coat was facilitated by greed. Mrs. Bixby didnot want to lose the coat while the husband or the secretary wasgreed for it and hence short changed Mrs. Bixby. In the story,“Parson’s Pleasure,” Mr. Boggis was driven by greed. He onlywanted to buy furniture at a throw away price so that he can go andmake good money out of it. The greed almost made collapse when herealized the value the furniture in the farm at the county ofBuckinghamshire possessed.
Allthe protagonists in the two Dahl’s stories possessed an element ofdishonesty. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bixby were dishonest to each other.This is because both were having affairs outside wedlock. Similarly,the wife was hiding the truth about the origin of the coat only herhusband to redeem it and give the secretary. For this to seem real hehad to cheat that he redeemed a mink instead of a coat. In the“Parson’s Pleasure” Mr. Boggis is revealed using dishonestmeans to acquire furniture. He cheated the three friends Claud, Bert,and Rummins that their furniture was worthless and he only requiredits legs. However, it is clear that he want to go and sell thefurniture and they are of great value.
#4Macabre events are usually horrible, upsetting and strange. The threefeatures are shared by the settings described in both “the man fromthe south” and “the landlady” surroundings, which areassociated with injury and death.
Dahl’scharacters in the stories “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s coat”and “Parson’s Pleasure,” reveal the true nature of peopleespecially in the world today. Family members are doing things behindtheir partner’s backs. Affairs outside wedlock are order of the daywhile even partners are short changing and tricking each other. Asfar as “Parson’s Pleasure” is concerned, this is the truenature of people today. They have become tricksters in the name offinding money. They are going to the extent of killing others foreconomic gains.
Timeand place the characters in these stories are determines theirreaction. Mrs. Bixby disguises herself in front of her husband. Thehusband similarly, disguises himself as an honest man when his wifeis around him. However, when they are with their lovers they arelover birds. Mr. Boggis is an honest businessman when sellingfurniture in his store. However, the time he visits farmers in thefarms he becomes a trickster. He disguises himself as a clergyman toattain the furniture.
Theplay of Kes
Judhit Billy when he woke him up in the morning after the alarm clockrang. He also used abusive language to Billy when he said that hewould go work at the pit. He said, “the wouldn’t have a weedylittle bugger like you.” He also threatens to murder Billy after hefinished his snap and told him to forget his bicycle meaning he hadgone with it.
Billybehaves differently in the four accounts with the people he met. Themain reason as to why he was behaving so is because he never feltsecure anymore. Jud and his mother never cared of his welfareanymore. He was, therefore, looking for consolation and someone whocould show some care.
Hewas interested in learning falconry. However, he was underage andthus he could not be given a borrower’s card.
Thereaction of Billy’s mum on the issue of book reveals to us a motherwho does not care of her child and who is not wishing her kid well.The interest of Billy to share with his mother what he was learningis disregarded by the mother who asks what the time was to knowwhether the time for going out was due.
Therecould be various reasons as to why Billy fought with MacDowall andnot Jud. One of the reason is MacDowall was of his size and similarlyhe touched on his father who Billy thought as the one who could bringback hope to him.
Ithas been recorded as Billy continued training Kestrel, as Kestrelimproved, Billy’s also improved and he even received praise fromthe teacher after he delivered an impromptu talk.
Mrs.Casper and Mrs. Allender differ greatly. We see a caring motherversus a non-caring mother. Mrs. Allender accompanied her child inthe youth interview and gives her child advice. On the other hand,Billy’s mother is nowhere to be found and hence he lacks some toadvise him.
Theyouth employment officer is irritated and confused about Billy afterhe noted that he did not have hobbies. He was hence confused on whathe could have recommended.
Judwas angry because Billy declined to bet since he was informed thathorses were unlikely to win only to win that day. He got angry withBilly because he could have won.
Billyand Mrs. Casper fight at the end of the play because Billy could notunderstand how his mother could not ask Jud even after killing Keswho was his only friend and source of joy to him.
BerlieDoherty created a similarity between a contrast between Chris andHelen on one side and Tom and Ruthlyn on the other side in that Tomwas Chris’s closest friend. Similarly, Ruthlyn was Helen bestfriend who was supporting her in times of need.
Themarriage between the two characters is not one of the best,especially considering that the spouses are carried away by theirprofessional and career demands. Though not the worst, therelationship lacks in commitment and passion that comes with speakingin one voice in a family. Opposing ideas are not the best in a familyor marriage.
Chrisis revealed as a very romantic guy. She is always concerned on theirhappiness and the means to make Helen happy. He also took Helen tothe moors so as to show her total moon eclipse. This is also anotheract of romance.
Nanwas born without a clear intention from her parents. Perhaps theparents were not ready to raise a child at that time Nan was born.Similarly, Nan prevented her parents from pursuing their lifeambitions to the fullest as they had to stay home and care for thebaby. Finally, nothing was ever easy to accomplish with baby Nan inthe equation.
Theletter was not clearly communicating the message it was intended tocarry. Secondly, the letter was not clear to who it was addressed andfinally, it was the wrong way of sending the message t the time dueto delays and lateness of urgent messages.
Helenturned her frustrations to the unborn child. She also lost her senseof control to her mother entirely and that led her to the attemptedabortion.
“AndI did not want the child, you see. I didn’t ask for it, and did notwant it. I couldn’t believe it when I found I was pregnant.”
Helencalls the child just a shadow or a whisper. These are intangiblethings and hence show how uncertain she was concerning the baby. Sheeven tells the child to leave her an aspect that reveals that thechild was not her part.
Helenmother is moralistic in that she did not threaten to disown ormistreat her daughter she revealed sense of commitment and support.The fact that she was advocating for abortion reveals that she wasdisappointed by her daughter’s condition.
Towardsthe end of act on Helen was very passive leaving most of herdecisions to be made by her mother. This can be revealed by the factthat she followed her mother’s decision for abortion and went up tothe clinic although the abortion did not succeed.
Drawingfrom Chris’s naivety, the character was always convinced that hewas exactly like his mother. Notably, the mother was a composedperson who would navigate difficult situations without losing hertemper. The outburst was way out of proportion and the real characterof Chris was revealed. There was no denying that Chris was capable ofmaking a fuss from a trivial matter.
Chrismeant that nobody had had any significant influence in his previouslife. According to him, he was contented with the life he was livingand he never needed anybody’s help.
Chrisconcluded the play by saying that for the entire time he neverthought about the baby. It was as if the baby had failed to existfollowing the attempted abortion. He, however, came to realize howmuch the baby meant to him and he bestowed his entire love to thebaby. “When I saw you that day at the hospital I realized duringall those months of separation from Helen I hadn’t thought onceabout you, you were nobody…”
Doherty,Berlie. DearNobody.London: Puffin, 2001. Internet resource.