"JACK AND THE BEANSTALK" LYRICS by ROALD DAHL: Jack's mother said, 'We'reRoald Dahl is one of the most prolific, best-selling authors of children's books. Although now a highly popular author, Dahl is also known for being frequently challenged as well as once banned. The reasons for this criticism and subsequent banning of his books are mostly for the usage of magic and witchcraft. Many parents and teachers also fear the presentation of cruelty and violence in his books, which will be the focus of this work. Therefore, the aim of this term paper is to analyse the presented cruelty-used in the most general sense of the word-in two ofDahl's works: Revolting Rhymes and The Witches. I claim that cruelty is presented in different ways and that these differences originate from the different genres in use, poetry and prose. After shortly summarising general information on the state of research in the topic of cruelty and violence in children's books, I will narrow my focus on Dahl's books.
“Jack and the Beanstalk”
Jack's mother said, 'We're stony broke! Just say she's sound 'And worth at least a hundred pound. D'you really mean 'You sold our Daisy for a bean? She yelled, 'You chump. And flung it on the rubbish-dump. Then summoning up all her power, She beat the boy for half an hour, Using and nothing could be meaner The handle of a vacuum-cleaner.
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Revolting Rhymes is a collection of Roald Dahl poems published in A parody of traditional folk tales in verse, Dahl gives a re-interpretation of six well-known fairy tales , featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after finishes. The poems are illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is the shortest children's book he has written. There are a total of six poems in the book, each of the featured fairy tales done in such a way that they tell what actually happened. In Cinderella , the plot stayed true to the original tale until one of the ugly sisters switches her shoe with the one Cinderella left behind at the ball. However, when the prince sees that the shoe fits one of the sisters, he decides not to marry her, and instead has his men chop off her head on the spot while she is standing.