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Aunt Spiker in James & the Giant Peach

Instructor: April DeBord

April has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language and she has her Ed. S. in Foreign Language Education.

She's mean and nasty. She treats James like a small insect she can just squish, and she only wants to make money. This lesson talks about Aunt Spiker, an interesting character in James & the Giant Peach.

Who is Aunt Spiker?

Aunt Spiker in James & the Giant Peach is tall, skinny, wears glasses and has a voice that can break glass. You can see her meanness before she opens her mouth. She's not just bad--she's pure evil. Can you imagine living with her? How would she make you feel?

James doesn't like her much either. She is the perfect picture of an antagonist, which is someone who is against the main character and likes to cause problems.

Aunt Spiker's Behavior

Aunt Spiker doesn't have an ounce of kindness in her. She lives to make James and his Aunt Sponge's lives miserable, and she wants to control them and cares only about making her own life better.

She treats James especially poorly. Aunt Spiker believes that children should be seen and not heard. She says horrible and mean things to James, and she makes him do work around the house. Because of this, he doesn't have time to enjoy himself and be a kid.

She also wants to control Aunt Sponge, her sister. Aunt Sponge is not very nice either, but Aunt Spiker manages to outshine her in meanness. Aunt Spiker wants to be the most important one in the house and often verbally abuses her sister.

Aunt Spiker's Only Love

There's only one thing Aunt Spiker truly cares about: money. This is clear by how she treats James. He is forced to work around the house all day and be very quiet. She doesn't value a relationship with James--she sees him as someone who takes up space and costs her money, and her main concern is that James pulls his weight around the house.

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