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The Witches

The Witches

by Roald Dahl

Violence Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #7

"All over school, mouse-trrraps is going snappety-snap and mouse-heads is rrrolling across the floors like marbles!" (8.62)

Sometimes, when reading The Witches, we just get so used to these violent images that they don't shock us anymore. In this case, maybe it's because mice getting caught in traps isn't anything new to us. Still, though, we have to remember that these mice are actually children (who think and feel like humans still) and it is their heads that are "rrrolling across the floor like marbles!"

Quote #8

"Down with children! Do them in!
Boil their bones and fry their skin!" (8.64)

There's a lot of rhyming in The Witches, particularly when describing violence. How do you think this changes the way we perceive the violence?

Quote #9

"We'll have his tripes for breakfast! […] Cut off his head and chop off his tail and fry him in hot butter!" (9.12, 17)

Please excuse this interruption while we bring you a little culinary lesson. Tripes are intestines. These are our narrator's tripes that we're talking about!

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