Analysis

The analysis of the short story “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl shows that it follows a linear, chronological plot structure. The narrative uses many foreshadowing elements, offering hints to the readers about the ending.

The main character in the story is Billy Weaver. Another important character is the landlady. The interaction between them makes up the largest part of the story.

The physical setting is Bath, a town in England. The events take place inside a boarding house, which looks pleasant, but where it is quite likely that several murders have taken place.

The story is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator who follows Billy’s perspective. This gives us insight into Billy’s thoughts and feelings.

The language is neutral, and the vocabulary mixes advanced words with common terms. The style and vocabulary reflect the worldview of the main character.

You can read a more detailed analysis in the following pages.