Foreshadowing In The Landlady By Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl’s realistic fiction story “The Landlady” takes place in Bath, a little town in Britain. In the story Billy Weaver, a young traveler, is looking for a place to stay the night. Although Billy is told to go to The Bell and Dragon, a local pub, he decides to go to a bed and breakfast located at a boarding house, where he meets a rather odd old woman. Roald Dahl creates the lesson that trusting intuition is paramount to survival through heavy foreshadowing and a clever use of sensory details.
Billy not trusting his intuition is what leads to his quick demise. In “The Landlady” Billy Weaver becomes so caught up in the fact that there is a cheap bed and breakfast right in front of him, he ends up ignoring the help from the locals and most importantly his intuition. For example, when Billy first goes to the door to knock he is hesitant Dahl even writes “After dithering about this in the
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In the sentence, “After dithering about this in the cold for two or three minutes, Billy decided to walk away and take a look at the Bell and Dragon… Each word was like a large black eye staring back at him, holding him, compelling him forcing him to not walk away from that house and stay where he was.” this sentence clearly shows he didn’t want to enter the building, but there was a force there driving him into making the wrong decision, which was foreshadowing for the reader that something bad was going to happen to Billy because his better judgement went against this. Another clever way Dahl shows Billy being ignorant about not listening to his intuition is through sensory details. When billy goes to drink the tea, there is a taste of bitter almonds, the usual taste of cyanide. This is added because Dahl wanted to hint at the fact that Billy was poisoned, even if the book never really gets to the end of his
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