Ignorant or genius

 I read Matilda (1988) by Roald Dahl. It’s about little girl named Matilda who is definitely the main character. She is amazingly intelligent, she learned to read already in the age of two and she has inscrutable mathematical brain. Her parents don’t care about her and they ignore their little daughter and her needs. Luckily, Matilda is so smart that she can manage at home without her parents tutoring her at all. When Matilda goes to school, she finally finds reliable adult, her teacher Miss Honey. Miss Honey has a great respect towards Matilda and they become good friends. The dreadful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who hates everyone and has no mercy, terrorizes the school. Matilda, Miss Honey and other students in the school fight against Miss Trunchbull’s tyranny.

She is small-sized five and a half year old girl. She has black hair and brown eyes. She is often described as a polite and sweet girl. She is very humble because her parents have put her down all her life. Once she proves her mathematical ability at home her father calls her ”a cheat and a liar.” Matilda hardly ever loses her temper no matter what’s been said to her. She makes little tricks to her parents for revenge. Tricks are sly and so clever that she can’t get caught. Those tricks show Matilda’s brain power and imaginative.

Matilda is a sympathetic person. She listens and wants to help Miss Honey who has a chip on her shoulder. When she discusses with Miss Honey she says ”I’m sorry I asked you those questions. Its not my business.” That line shows that she has a great discretion and that she is very mature.

Matilda is smart, loving and caring. She is also very polite and obeys good manners. She is meek and doesn’t show off with her knowledge. That makes her courteous and approachable. It’s almost a miracle that she knows how to behave because her parents didn’t definitely teach her to. Her mental age is probably more than 13.

The ending was very happy and I liked it because it left me a good feeling. Matilda had been through a lot in her life so she earned the happy ending. It’s children’s book so I believe that the story would continued blessedly maybe with few exciting twists.

Matilda is a good person and doesn’t make any mistakes in the book. She is that kind of dream person everyone would like to be. She has it all; she’s intelligent, cute, polite, humble and imaginative.

Matilda’s life suffers a big change, but she doesn’t change much on the way. She learns new thinks and she begins to realize what kind of life she wants to live. She starts to understand what it’s like when someone really loves, worries and looks after you.

Mind map of Matilda


  1. .rakish  – rempseä
  2. .cloakroom – vaatesäiliö
  3. .foggy – misty, (sumuinen)
  4. appalling – horrific, (kauhistuttava)
  5. grimy – dirty, (likainen)
  6. probe – tutkia
  7. peculiar – odd, (eriskummallinen)
  8. boasting – ostentation, (isottelu,kerskailu)
  9. rapturously – hurmioituneesti
  10. dogged – steadfast, (sinnikäs)
The cover of the book.

The cover of the book.

Dahl, Roald. 2001. Matilda. London: Penguin Group.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nadir
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 00:17:26

    Yes it does look wonderful but may I suggest that you should add the book titles of the books Matilda read too it would be interesting for adults and kids


  2. Aku
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 14:30:58

    This is one perfect analysis. You really work a lot for this and the result is amazing. This text tells a lot about Matilda and her life. And with all the things that the text tells, you have also done a great mindmap. I would call this work excellent. You have done a great job! This is one of those works that other students will copy paste on their own works in school, because I know I would, really it is perfect analysis, nice work!


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