Chocolate has been the coveted treat of the masses for hundreds of years. Milton Snavely Hershey created the world renowned Hershey milk chocolate bar in 1900. Since then chocolate had become nomenclature all around the world, it was given to children who behaved properly, used as a form of dessert, and even put on certain dinner dishes. There was no escaping the chocolate craze, the radio stations played commercials, posters lined the walls of grocery stores and billboards everywhere people went.
The “icing on top” of this chocolaty situation was the film adaptation of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl in 1971 titled Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This great story about a boy who struggles and works hard for a few candy bars and wins a chance to tour the world famous Wonka Factory along with four other children. The Five children all were offered a large amount of money by Wonka’s competition Slugworth to steal the Everlasting Gob stopper.
Throughout the movie mishaps happened to each of the children, some blew up like a balloon and others were considered bad eggs, but the ending was one that was never forgotten and how the boy who came from nothing won everything. Although this seemed like a basic children’s movie, there were plenty of underlying messages to be pondered such as, how powerful Wonka and his candy bars were, and what candy and media could do to the populous. The one thing that will be evaluated though is how biblical this movie was, due to its reference to the 7 deadly sins.
The way that each child behaved and how each of them was punished is parallel to punishments implemented by the Bible. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory depict several deadly sins through each of the golden ticket winners and that Charlie Bucket represents the virtuous heart that human beings should emulate. The visual aspect of the movie had a major influence on the topic of this essay. Each child was portrayed according to their corresponding sin, for example, Augustus Gloop embodied the definition of gluttony.
He was a very overweight child, had food on his face whenever the camera was on him, as well as his mouth. The first time the audience is introduced to Augustus Gloop he is eating a meal large enough for a small family to partake in. Gluttony as defined by Webster’s dictionary is the anticipation of meals, the eating of delicacies, and costly foods, seeking after sauces and seasonings, and eating too eagerly. Augustus’ eating habits fit this definition perfectly, not only visually but his actions while in Wonka’s factory parallel this sinful lifestyle.
All of the golden ticket winners were led into a room by Wonka where everything is eatable and Augustus takes this privilege to far and falls into the chocolate river. After falling in he is then sucked into the pipe system and sent off to the boiler room with the rest of chocolate. Soon after he is blasted through the pipes, Willy Wonka’s workers called Oompa loompas are called to retrieve Augustus before he is melted down to a liquid. The Oompa Loompas begin to sing a song explaining how Augustus’ gluttonous ways led him to a potentially disastrous situation.
The Oompa Loompas sang, “If you are wise you’ll listen to me. What do you get when you guzzle down sweets eating as much as an elephant eats? What are you at getting terribly fat what do you think will come of that? ” and this solidifies the point being made that Augustus’ character and actions are compared to gluttony. Augustus’s eating habits are not the only moral dilemma being displayed in this film, and Veruca Salt provides the next which is an incarnation of greed.
She is seen bribing her father to get what she wants which is a golden ticket. Veruca forces her father to shut down his nut shelling company to open crates of Wonka bars, until she got a lucky ticket. Greed is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power (Webster). Every time Veruca speaks it is nothing more than wails about how she wants her father to purchase something she sees. For example, “