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Boy Going Solo Sometimes its difficult to find the connections between the patterns in an artists life and his work But with Roald Dahl the connections are quite clear It is known that there were many tragedies in Roald Dahls life and he had to overcome these somehow whether he gave up and moved on or fought against them and found victory All of Dahls works reflect at least one aspect of his personal life whether it is his childhood his marriage his children his experiences or himself It is quite apparent that after all the hardships he survived he managed to turn such experiences into creative stories for children He wrote about small aspects of his life and magnified them and made them amusing for children and even adults One theme that is apparent in almost all of Dahls works the use of violence and cruelty by authority figures on the weak and once again he seems to turn this around to be more of a positive amusing aspect rather than a negative traumatizing one There are many patterns that are apparent in Dahls life and works which include tragedy in the family negativity towards figures of authority and lastly orphans and absent parental figures There was a great deal of tragedy that occurred in Dahls family while he was growing up and while he was a parent as well It all began when his sister Astri died of appendicitis in 1920 Roalds father Harald Dahl quickly deteriorated and died of pneumonia a few months later Pneumonia was treatable but only if the patient is willing and will fight to stay healthy and alive Harald refused to fight therefore the disease took its toll and he died Most people believe he died of a broken heart Roald married actress Patricia Neal and had three daughters and a son Olivia Twenty Tessa Sophia Theo Matthew Roald and Ophelia Magdalena On July 30th 1960 Theo Matthew
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