James & the Giant Peach Quotes

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

Roald Dahl writes a captivating story of some giant insects, a giant peach, and a little boy in 'James and the Giant Peach.' In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most memorable quotes from the story.

James and the Giant Peach

On boring days, do you ever wish a little magic could come to your life? James was hoping for something wonderful to come along as he lived endless days without any friends or excitement. Finally one day, magic came in the form of green crystals, and they sent him on a journey he would never forget!

In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most memorable quotes along James's journey.

Chapters 1-18

  • ''…all at once he found himself alone and frightened in a vast unfriendly world.'' (Ch. 1)

When we first meet James, we see that he is forced to live with his terrible aunts, and he feels trapped and lonely.

  • ''And then the very peculiar thing, in its own turn, caused a really fantastically peculiar thing to occur.'' (Ch. 2)

James receives the magical crystals, and Dahl builds suspense, or anticipation, that something wonderful and magical is happening.

  • ''Something peculiar is about to happen at any moment. He hadn't the faintest idea what it might be, but he could feel it in his bones that something was going to happen soon.'' (Ch. 6)

When the magical crystals cause the peach to grow to gigantic proportions, we see how James fills with hope, despite his desperate circumstances.

The start of an adventure!
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  • ''He loves to make everything into a disaster. He hates to be happy. He is only happy when he is gloomy.'' (Ch. 18)

Have you ever met someone who is never happy? From this quote, we get a clear image of Earthworm, one of the insects that lives in the peach and comes along for James's adventure. Earthworm seems like he is never happy.

  • ''Everybody was feeling happy now. The sun was shining brightly out of a soft blue sky and the day was calm. The giant peach, with the sunlight glinting on its side, was like a massive golden ball sailing upon a silver sea.'' (Ch. 18)

The peach provided an escape for James.
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The peach becomes a symbol of hope. It symbolizes an escape from James's old life and the promise of something better. When the peach begins to float in the water, it foreshadows, or gives us clues about things to come, that things will be okay.

Chapters 19-39

  • ''My dear young fellow…there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.'' (Ch. 24)

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