This BFG language of empathy grid looks at how Roald Dahl uses language to show empathy for Sophie in The BFG. The resource consists of quotes which students will cut out and stick onto the correct category on the grid. The three categories are: the BFG is upset on Sophies behalf, the BFG is angry on Sophie’s behalf and the BFG is interested in Sophie’s backstory. This BFG language resource provides relevant quotes from the text that can be used to stimulate discussion and written work on the good traits of the BFG. It also allows students to use the provided quotes to support their own points about how the BFG sees Sophie as a human being and person as opposed to a piece of meet like the other giants.
Further suggestions for learning
Students can discuss the quotes and use them as concrete evidence on their points about how the BFG shows empathy for Sophie.
This resource can be used as textual analysis for an essay about the feelings and empathy the BFG shows towards Sophie despite snatching her from the orphanage.