Do you thinking was because they knew she was special or was it more of a gender thing?
Most Helpful Girl
Because they were from two different worlds.
Her parents represent an uneducated world without imagination. They accept what is fed to them (on TV).
Matilda, on the other hand, disregards "societal" (her family's) expectations and standards and finds her own path and escape via books.2THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE
Most Helpful Guy
I think they were miserable who couldn't handle their daughter being different. They started to see her succeed and were jealous so they mistreated her to sabotage her.
One of the favorite Movies by the way.1THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE