Roald Dahl
Contributed by Pearl Vahle
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.
Sapphire Brooch

The Queen of England gives Sophie a sapphire brooch to wear after she has gotten dressed in her new blue dress (165). This brooch symbolizes how far Sophie has come - from being a little orphan with no one, to being a powerful girl with a giant and a Queen as her friends.

This brooch’s symbolism is further enhanced when Sophie uses it to stab the Fleshlumpeater in the ankle. Her small action and bravery saved the whole operation (192). After her brave actions, Sophie is very polite and says to the BFG, "Will you please get that brooch back for me,’ Sophie said. ’It belongs to the Queen" (194). Even throughout all her adventures, Sophie remembers who made them possible and wants to be sure that the Queen gets her things back.


Frobscottle is the giant equivalent of soda, with its bubbles floating down instead of up. It causes farting instead of burping. It illustrates the way in which the giant country and humans are still very similar, while being different. Frobscottle is first introduced on page 64 and represents the budding friendship between the BFG and Sophie. As they get closer, they share more secrets with each other, including frobscottle and whizzpopping, or farting.

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