The Landlady (Roald Dahl) Symbols & Objects

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The Taxidermy Animals

The taxidermy animals represent Billy’s lack of perception concerning the landlady’s ulterior motives. When Billy first looks through the window of the bed and breakfast, he notices the animals, thinks they are alive, and considers the animals to be a sign of a safe home. The fact that the animals are actually dead shows that Billy is being led into a false sense of security.

The Houses in Bath

The houses on the road in Bath represent the business culture with which Billy aspires to be involved. All of the houses on the street are pristine, but they look identical. This mirrors the stereotypical appearance of businessmen who wear similar pristine suits. However, some of the houses have decay and cracked paint from years of neglect. This could suggest that the idea of being successful in business is appealing at first, but...

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