“We Have a Great Task Ahead of Us!”: Child-Hate in Roald Dahl’s The Witches

  title={“We Have a Great Task Ahead of Us!”: Child-Hate in Roald Dahl’s The Witches},
  author={James Michael Curtis},
  journal={Children's Literature in Education},
  • J. Curtis
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • History
  • Children's Literature in Education
The depictions of cruel witches in Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches echo the cruel, abusive measures taken by adults in the historical treatment of children. The concept of child-hatred, described by Lloyd Demause and other critics, is an effective lens through which to view the hyperbolized hatred of children described in The Witches. However, Dahl’s text deals with more than just the explicit hatred of children. In fact, in its characterization of Grandmamma as an adult that truly values the… 
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