Critical Analysis Of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, written in 1964 by famed author Roald Dahl, is considered one of the most classic children’s tales of our time. Perhaps it is apt then that it stands introspective of some of history’s most classical sociological theories and one of its most renowned classical theorists. For the purpose of this review, I will be analyzing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through the lens of a Marxist approach and its two theories discussed in class readings - Capitalism and Alienation. The overall message of the book revolves around the concept of karma or ‘what goes around comes around’. In the book, the manifest representation of this concept appears as bad things happening to bad children, and good things happening to Charlie, who is good. The latent message is a suggestion to readers that it ultimately pays to be good. Diving deeper, we see that the ‘bad’ children each carry with them a respective vice. On a manifest level, Veruca Salt is a materially spoilt girl,…show more content…
Augustus greedily drank the liquid chocolate from the waterfall and got sucked into a tube; Veruca insistently tried to snatch a squirrel and got thrown into the rubbish, Violet disobediently chewed on chewing gum that got her blown up out of proportion, and Mike recklessly ran into the television set and shrunk in size. This depiction of these ‘bourgeoisie’ characters as ruining their own experiences due to a lack of patience and a desire for immediate gratification, when contrasted against the patient, rule-abiding ‘proletariat’ Charlie, serves to highlight the unfavorable qualities present in benefiters of capitalism (bourgeoisie) and extol the exceptional qualities found in those who do not benefit from capitalism (proletariat) and the latter’s eventual triumph over the bourgeoisie as Charlie wins the competition and receives the
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