This study guide will help you analyse the short story “The Way Up to Heaven” by Roald Dahl. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characterisations, setting, narrator and point of view, language, themes and message, and help you put the short story into perspective.
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Title: “The Way Up to Heaven”
Author: Roald Dahl
Date of Publication: 1954
Genre: Short story
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a British author of Norwegian descent who wrote short stories, novels, poems and screenplays. The author is mostly known for his children stories and for the unexpected endings to his fiction. His most popular works today are James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.
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