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George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
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Jun 27, 12


George’s grandmother was a grumpy and selfish old lady. Whenever his parents were at home, his grandmother would treat him nicely. However when his parents went out, she would ill treated him.

One day, his grandmother forced him to eat cabbages four times a day with bugs. George did not like his grandmother. In fact he hated her. So he decided to make a medicine to change his grandmother’s attitude. He mixed all sorts into the medicine and even brown paint so that the colour blended so well that his grandmother drank it without noticing it. All of a sudden, she floated into the mid-air and then began to swell. Then, she started growing taller and taller till her head came out of the roof. When George’s parents came back, they were shocked! After.George explained what had happened, his greedy father quickly bought all the ingredients that George used to make the medicine from a shop. He wanted his son, George, to be famous by selling the marvellous medicine he made. When George’s father came back, they started to make more medicine. But George could not remember what he had added into the medicine. George’s grandmoher was so impatient that she snatched the medicine and drank it. Immediately, she shrank back to her normal height. BUT…… she continue to shrink because she had taken fifty spoonful instead of one! Then she was no bigger than a pin, then the size of a pumpkin seed. Finally she continued to shrink till she disappered.
As an adult, it's hard not to restrain a wince at the disgusting elements to Dahl's writing and imagination, and the comically gory events and ending. However, children suffer from no such sentimentality and see it as it is. A flight of fancy which gives the hero of the hour - the child - the power and the ability to put right a wrong, an ultimately rid the family of a difficult and unlovable relative. They know it couldn't happen in real life, but its an enjoyable way of getting such thoughts out of your system in a healthy and fictional way.
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