I was watching James and the Giant Peach today with my son, and of course, my morning went from relaxing and enjoying the movie to having a flow of thoughts and ideas about my project. And why? Well, you probably know that a rhinoceros plays a role in the movie. It is a symbol of death and the cause of James having to live with his awful aunts who neglect him of good physical health and emotional needs. The rhinoceros killed his parents, just before they could set off to New York together. When James isn"t "obedient", his aunts say, "He never even saw that rhino coming. That Rhino! And the beast will get you too if you don"t behave." reminding James of his crushed dreams. And of course, this is followed by, "Now get these stupid dreams out of your head... and get back to work!"Ha Ha, something I just found out a second ago, the plot in Roald Dahl"s book is that a rhinoceros escaped from the zoo and ate James"s parents - rhinoceroses are herbivores! Funny though, in Act One of Ionesco"s Rhinoceros, Berenger suggests that the rhinoceros escaped from the zoo.>An interesting thing I found, with this rhinoceros, is that it comes in different forms and sizes. The rhinoceros forms from black smoke, a black robot, and black clouds. When James is having a dream about himself being acaterpillareating leaves, smoke invades his happiness. The smoke forms the face of a rhinoceros and chases James.


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"Oh no, it"s the rhinoceros!" James shout when they notice trouble in the sea ahead. The grasshopper points out that it"s absurd for a rhinoceros to be in the ocean. But this time, the rhinoceros is not in the form of a rhinoceros - it is a robotic shark, also black in colour. Later, the rhinoceros emerges through the black clouds in the night sky when James and the bugs reach New York.
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My question is, why a rhinoceros? The rhinoceros, in general, symbolizes brute strength andaggressiveness - but so does a crocodile, and so does a bull...
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The Life and Death of Bekki"s Artworkhttp://bekkilu.sommos.net.com/2011/01/james-and-giant-peach.html
BTW, have a look at this on stage performance of James and the Giant Peach. Really clever:BaliBeyond.com - the performance