History Literature / CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory

18th Jun '16 5:38:08 PM Jayalaw
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* HeroicBystander: When Charlie finds the fifth Golden Ticket in a local sweet shop, the various adults inside immediately try to pressure him into selling it to them. The owner of the shop intervenes, telling them to leave Charlie alone and urging him not to let anyone have the ticket.

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* HeroicBystander: When Charlie finds the fifth Golden Ticket in a local sweet shop, the various adults inside immediately try to pressure him into selling it to them. The owner of the shop intervenes, telling them to leave Charlie alone and urging him to run home and not to let anyone have the ticket.



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* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After Mr. Wonka closed his factory and subsequently disappeared, everyone eventually assumed this trope was in play, according to Grandpa Joe: "And everybody said, 'Poor Mr. Wonka. He was so nice. And he made such marvelous things. But he's finished now. It's all over.'" As it turned out, he was really working on finding a way to make a comeback all that time.

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* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After Mr. Wonka closed his factory and subsequently disappeared, everyone eventually assumed this trope was in play, according to Grandpa Joe: "And everybody said, 'Poor Mr. Wonka. He was so nice. And he made such marvelous things. But he's finished now. It's all over.'" As it turned out, he was really working on finding a way to make a comeback all that time.time, without having his recipes stolen.



* KarmaHoudini

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* KarmaHoudiniKarmaHoudini: Justified as the other brats on the tour are only children:



** Augustus Gloop being slimmed down is arguably a good thing, though the experience would probably be very painful and his resulting body shape is questionable. In the 2005 film, he is only CoveredInGunge like Veruca, with the bonus that he's covered in chocolate rather than garbage, so he's happy.

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** Augustus Gloop being slimmed down is arguably a good thing, though the experience would probably be very painful and his resulting body shape is questionable.questionable with his organs all squashed together. In the 2005 film, he is only CoveredInGunge like Veruca, with the bonus that he's covered in chocolate rather than garbage, so he's happy.



** Also, Mr. Wonka keeps his word and gives them ''all'' the lifetime supply of chocolate they were promised, which turns out to be a ConsolationPrize (since the true "winner", Charlie, becomes his heir). Of course, ''he'' might be the biggest Karma Houdini of all! He subjects all these kids to terrifying and life-altering experiences and it never occurs to anyone to report him to the police -- and then there's the oft-questioned by critics Oompa-Loompa slave labor.

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** Also, Mr. Wonka keeps his word and gives them ''all'' the lifetime supply of chocolate they were promised, which turns out to be a ConsolationPrize (since the true "winner", Charlie, becomes his heir). Of course, ''he'' might be the biggest Karma Houdini KarmaHoudini of all! He subjects all these kids to terrifying and life-altering experiences and it never occurs to anyone to report him to the police -- and then there's the oft-questioned by critics about the Oompa-Loompa slave labor.



* PetTheDog: After escorting the children onto the boat, Mr. Wonka dips a mug (a ladle in the 2005 film) into the chocolate river and offers it to Charlie and Grandpa Joe because he notes that they are starving. This is the first hint that he'll choose Charlie as his heir, especially since Charlie resists the Everlasting Gobstoppers meant for "children with little pocket money -- like him.



* RealityEnsues: Unlikely as it may seem in this book. It's mentioned that Wonka built a palace for Indian royalty out of chocolate, which sounds like a dream to many children. And then it melted in the sun when he tried to live in it.

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* RealityEnsues: Unlikely as it may seem in this book. It's mentioned that Wonka built a palace for Indian royalty out of chocolate, which sounds like a dream to many children. And then it melted in the sun when he tried to live in it. Mr. Wonka ''did'' warn the prince, to no avail.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Mr. Wonka has invented, in no particular order, a hair-growing toffee that could help cancer and alopecia areata (severe hair loss) patients, a teleportation device that shrinks its test subjects, a gum that could feed starving people once he gets the recipe right, and in the sequel a FountainOfYouth pill as well as a RapidAging medicine. This gets lampshaded in the 2005 film by Mike Teavee who is astounded at Wonka's AchievementsInIgnorance.



* RewatchBonus: At first it seems that Charlie was the only child not severely tested with his vices, until we come across the Everlasting Gobstoppers, which serve as the MacGuffin in the 1971 film. They're candy that are meant to last forever, for "children with little pocket money" which would mean a lot to a poor child like Charlie that only gets candy on his birthday. Charlie doesn't even acknowledge them but moves on with Mr. Wonka to the hair toffee and three-course meal gum. It also helps that when candy is offered to him by Mr. Wonka, say the blades of sweet grass, the mug of melted chocolate from the river or the bar of television chocolate, he takes it without question because Charlie knows what scarcity is and he's starving.



* TooDumbToLive: All of the kids that end up injured during the tour by ignoring DontTouchItYouIdiot:
** Augustus drinking directly out of the chocolate river, which is ''hot melted chocolate'' when he has an entire field of grass and buttercups to nibble on and in the adaptations everything else in the Chocolate room. It's even worse when his mother mentions that he can't swim after he falls into the river. It's lucky that he wasn't burned ''or'' drowned.
** Violet trying a piece of gum in a room where Mr. Wonka has specifically said DontTouchItYouIdiot to all of the kids, and warns her that the gum isn't ready. In the book at least Wonka has a cure for it, because fortunately several Oompa-Loompas volunteered.
** Veruca entering the Nut Room to grab a squirrel for herself merely because Wonka is the first person to tell her "no". Wild squirrels can turn into {{Killer Rabbit}}s when cornered, but ''trained'' squirrels would have cracked her head open if they had seen her as a "bad nut", and end up tossing her down the garbage chute.
** Mike, like Violet, using untested technology on himself to transport via Chocolate Television. Mr. Wonka mentions that sometimes bits of the test chocolate go missing, so he's pretty fortunate that he only shrunk as a result. Again, Wonka has something that can remedy his small size, though it leaves questionable results.



* TrashLanding: Veruca Salt and her parents end up making this when the Nut Room's squirrels toss them down the bad nut chute, which is directly connected to the factory's rubbish pipe, and emerge from the building in the denouement completely covered in garbage.

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* TrashLanding: Veruca Salt and her parents end up making this when the Nut Room's squirrels toss them down the bad nut chute, which is directly connected to the factory's rubbish pipe, and emerge from the building in the denouement completely covered in garbage. Still better than being incinerated, which would have happened if the furnace had been lit.
29th May '16 3:57:40 PM john_e
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* NoExceptYes: The Oompa-Loompas' description of Augustus' fate:
--> But donít, dear children, be alarmed; \\
Augustus Gloop will not be harmed, \\
Although, of course, we must admit \\
He will be ''altered'' quite a bit. \\
Heíll be ''quite'' changed from what heís been, \\
When he goes through the fudge machine.
:: As the song goes on to make clear, "altered" includes being sliced up with knives and boiled.
3rd May '16 6:33:02 AM AnotherGuy
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* CursedWithAwesome: Mike Teevee's AmusingInjury is that he's stretched so tall he can be a dominating NBA player. He's the only kid aside from Charlie who is far better off than when he entered.
29th Apr '16 2:19:34 PM john_e
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* ThemeNaming: Veruca Salt and her mother Angina are both named after illnesses.
15th Apr '16 2:21:14 PM AnotherGuy
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The snozzberry. In ''My Uncle Oswald'', by the same author... well, let us just say that snozzberry does not refer to a fruit.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The snozzberry. In ''My Uncle Oswald'', by the same author... well, let us just say that snozzberry does not refer to a fruit.[[note]]It's the head of a penis.[[/note]]
14th Mar '16 3:06:56 PM eroock
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* PovertyFood: Charlie's destitute family subsists on grey "cabbage water" and, when they're really lucky, the occasional loaf of bread.
10th Mar '16 5:05:50 PM Vilui
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* AuthorTract: Four kids are punished for their flaws, and the one perfect kid inherits a huge chocolate factory. Whilst no one would deny that Veruca Salt's [[SpoiledBrat brattishness]] probably got her what she deserved, obesity, gum-chewing and TV addiction (particularly the latter) are more [[AuthorTract personal bugbears]] of Dahl's. You could argue that these habits are symptoms of the kids' general {{Jerkass}} behaviour which, as Dahl also points out, is indulged by their parents.

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* AuthorTract: Four kids are punished for their flaws, and the one perfect kid inherits a huge chocolate factory. Whilst no one would deny that Veruca Salt's [[SpoiledBrat brattishness]] probably got her what she deserved, obesity, gum-chewing and TV addiction (particularly the latter) last) are more [[AuthorTract personal bugbears]] of Dahl's. You could argue that these habits are symptoms of the kids' general {{Jerkass}} behaviour which, as Dahl also points out, is indulged by their parents.



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29th Feb '16 2:51:31 PM Prfnoff
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* NuttySquirrel: The residents of the Nut Room.
17th Nov '15 8:05:42 AM eroock
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->''Concerning the adventures of four nasty children and Our Hero with Mr. Willy Wonka and his famous candy plant''
-->--Front cover text from the original edition

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->''Concerning ->''"Concerning the adventures of four nasty children and Our Hero with Mr. Willy Wonka and his famous candy plant''
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7th Nov '15 1:53:23 AM Kitchen90
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* HappilyEverAfter / WealthyEverAfter: Well, the sequel does threaten to derail this, but after that -- yeah.

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* HappilyEverAfter / WealthyEverAfter: HappilyEverAfter[=/=]WealthyEverAfter: Well, the sequel does threaten to derail this, but after that -- yeah.



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* OverlyPrePreparedGag / {{Pun}}: A whole chapter is devoted primarily to Square Candies/Sweets That Look Round; they're square, [[spoiler:but if you enter their room they'll look 'round to see who's there; also counts as Anthropomorphic Food]]. The buildup to this joke takes up [[MundaneMadeAwesome several paragraphs]].

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* OverlyPrePreparedGag / {{Pun}}: OverlyPrePreparedGag[=/=]{{Pun}}: A whole chapter is devoted primarily to Square Candies/Sweets That Look Round; they're square, [[spoiler:but if you enter their room they'll look 'round to see who's there; also counts as Anthropomorphic Food]]. The buildup to this joke takes up [[MundaneMadeAwesome several paragraphs]].paragraphs]].
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* ShoutOut: In the Oompa-Loompa song about Mike Teavee, the long stretch about the joys of children reading books name-drops/references the work of Beatrix Potter, Rudyard Kipling's ''Just So Stories'', and ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows''.

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* ShoutOut: In the Oompa-Loompa song about Mike Teavee, the long stretch about the joys of children reading books name-drops/references the work of Beatrix Potter, Rudyard Kipling's Creator/BeatrixPotter, Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Just So Stories'', and ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows''.



* SurrealHumor / SurrealHorror: Once inside the factory, a lot of the book's comedy runs on the former -- kids falling into chocolate rivers and getting sucked up pipes, turning into blueberries, getting attacked by walnut-sorting squirrels. This is often in conjunction with BlackComedy, so depending on the reader, the second trope may or may not come into play; the notorious boat ride in the 1971 film adaptation is ''definitely'' this.

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* SurrealHumor / SurrealHorror: SurrealHumor[=/=]SurrealHorror: Once inside the factory, a lot of the book's comedy runs on the former -- kids falling into chocolate rivers and getting sucked up pipes, turning into blueberries, getting attacked by walnut-sorting squirrels. This is often in conjunction with BlackComedy, so depending on the reader, the second trope may or may not come into play; the notorious boat ride in the 1971 film adaptation is ''definitely'' this.this.
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