Secondary Character Saturday: Miss Honey


WHO: Miss Jennifer Honey

FROM: Matilda

Matilda (novel)

Matilda (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BY: Roald Dahl

PUBLISHED: 1988

PROS: Miss Honey is kind, inspirational, loving, gentle, mild-mannered, and protects the children in her charge.  She nurtures all the children to be their best, especially Matilda

Miss Jennifer Honey was a mild and quiet person who never raised her voice and was seldom seen to smile, but there is no doubt she possessed that rare gift for being adored by every small child under her care. [Matilda, Roald Dahl]

CONS: She needs to stand up for herself more. She lets Miss  Trunchbull bully and oppress her.

MOST SHINING MOMENT: Opening up to Matilda. Showing the little girl that it is OK to be different, and that every one has difficulties to overcome. She’s the prefect teacher and friend, and she is just what Matilda needs.

Embeth Davitz and Maura Wilson from the 2009 movie

Embeth Davidtz and Mara Wilson from the 2009 movie. [Image courtesy: Sony Pictures]

WHY I CHOSE THIS CHARACTER: I choose Miss Honey because my daughter, Maggie, suggested her. Matilda was one of our favorite books when she (Maggie) was growing up and I’ve enjoyed revisiting the characters today.  Maggie is studying to be a teacher and I’m sure she’ll bring all the empathy, joy of learning and teaching skills to her class room that Jennifer Honey brought to Matilda’s. (But here’s hoping that Maggie doesn’t have to deal with any Trunchbulls along the way.)

One of Quintin Blake's wonderful illustrations from the book.

One of Quintin Blake’s wonderful illustrations from the book.

Matilda was made into a movie  and then into a Broadway show.

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About ritalovestowrite

Freelance writer, graphic designer, musician, foodie and Jane Austen enthusiast in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (food, travel and local interest stories.) As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one-on-one lessons to elementary, middle and high school students in graphic design and music. And as JANE-O I currently serve as the regional coordinator for JASNA Maryland and am working on a Regency/Federal cooking project. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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