The short story “The Landlady” written by Roald Dahl, is one of those well-known “nightmarism tales”, and it is about Billy, a young boy, who looks for accommodation in a lady’s house. But, what he does not know is that his life is close to an end. In this essay, foreshadowing, characterization and setting will be analyzed.
In the first place, the story is full of hints or clues that allow the reader to know what is going to happen later. There are several issues that lead the reader to the outcome of the story , for instance when the lady says :” “You see, it isn’t very often I have the pleasure of taking a visitor into my little nest.” This passage seems to suggest that the landlady does not have many guests, although she offers accommodation…show more content… The author employs indirect characterization, as he reveals the character’s ´personality through their words and actions, and through what other characters say about a character. For example, Billy is described as a seventeen year-old boy, who has just finished school, naïve, innocent, and lacking knowledge of the world and its dangers. He arrives at Bath, he peeps inside the landlady’s house, and he is attracted by the room itself: “it looked to him as though it would be a pretty and decent house to stay in.” in addition, he gets a good impression of the woman, based on a short conversation. He is completely innocent t, sure that the woman was harmless, only because she behaves in a generous way as he arrives at Bath. “She seemed terrible nice. She looked exactly like the mother of one’s best school-friends welcoming one into the house to stay for the Christmas Holidays ” ,“With very gentle blue eyes”, and “a mind and generous soul.” Conversely, the landlady is directly characterized because in several passages the narrator describes what she is like. She is portrayed as a warm and caring woman but by the use of irony, the author lets us know that the woman has planned to murder every visitor she receives. This is stated by her insistence on Billy signing the book, in which she registers her victims. What is more, she is depicted through her actions as a two-faced person, who does not feel remorse for having murdered Mr. Mullholland and Mr. Temple, and what is curious is that every time that Billy tries to remember where he has heard those names, she interrupts him, offering him a cup of tea, so as to avoid Billy’s questions. “The tea tasted faintly of bitter almonds, and he didn’t ‘t much care for it.” Besides, she is an intimidating person, always looking at the boy, and he knows it: “[He] could feel her eyes resting on his face, watching over the rim of her