James and the Giant Peach

by

Roald Dahl

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The Silkworm Character Analysis

The Silkworm escapes James’s notice for the first part of the journey; he doesn’t fully realize she’s a sentient being until the Silkworm wakes up to spin thread so James can lasso seagulls. She’s sleepy and shy, and so she spends much of her time looking like a great white lump on the floor of the room inside the peach. In New York City, the Silkworm joins Miss Spider in spinning nylon to make ropes for tightrope walkers.

The Silkworm Quotes in James and the Giant Peach

The James and the Giant Peach quotes below are all either spoken by The Silkworm or refer to The Silkworm. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin edition of James and the Giant Peach published in 2013.
Chapter 21 Quotes

“Action stations!” James shouted. “Jump to it! There’s not a moment to lose!” He was the captain now, and everyone knew it. They would do whatever he told them.

Related Symbols: The Peach
Page Number: 74
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 37 Quotes

“Don’t be frightened of us, please!” James called out. “We are so glad to be here!”

“What about those others beside you?” shouted the Chief of Police. “Are any of them dangerous?”

“Of course they’re not dangerous!” James answered. “They’re the nicest creatures in the world! Allow me to introduce them to you one by one and then I’m sure you will believe me.”

Page Number: 133-134
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Silkworm Character Timeline in James and the Giant Peach

The timeline below shows where the character The Silkworm appears in James and the Giant Peach. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...On a sofa sits a Centipede and an Earthworm, while a thick white something—maybe a Silkworm—sleeps on the floor. Each creature is at least James’s size and looks terrifying. Suddenly, the... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...they can have as much string as James wants if they wake up the sleeping Silkworm downstairs. Miss Spider says she can also make string. She assures James the string will... (full context)
Chapter 21
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...Earthworm to climb back into the peach and sends the Centipede to wake up the Silkworm. (full context)
Chapter 22
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...to lasso the gulls. Inside the peach’s chamber, the Glow-worm lights the room so the Silkworm and Miss Spider can spin their thread. (full context)
Chapter 23
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
...Miss Spider pulls the Centipede into a dance. Even the shy Glow-worm and the quiet Silkworm watch everyone else celebrate on top of the peach. When the excitement dies down, James... (full context)
Chapter 26
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...Centipede now teeters and falls off the edge of the peach. James yells for the Silkworm to start spinning and ties string around his waist. He tells his friends to pull... (full context)
Chapter 37
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
...introduces the Centipede, the Earthworm, the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the Glow-worm, Miss Spider, the Ladybug, and the Silkworm. As he introduces each bug, James shares something good that they do. He mentions that... (full context)
Chapter 39
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
...a company that makes women’s face creams. He acts in commercials for the creams. The Silkworm and Miss Spider learn to spin nylon thread and make ropes for tightrope walkers, while... (full context)