Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected Themes

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Revenge

Revenge plays a major role in Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected." Nearly all of the stories feature revenge in some way, whether it is a husband's revenge on his wife, vice-versa, or other smaller ways in which one person might feel they are getting the better of an oppressor. People who have been wronged, such as Perkins in "Foxley" take great pleasure in planning out the revenge they might take upon former bullies; others, such as Mary in "William and Mary" may not even realize that they are taking revenge. However, Mary's desire to have her husband's consciousness at her beck and call is certainly that. Mary's counterpart is Mrs. Foster in the "Way up to Heaven," who certainly realizes that she is having her revenge on her husband as she lets him suffer in the broken elevator, dying there (most likely) after six weeks. In her view...

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