Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Do you remember the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

The movie is about a boy named Charlie Bucket who was very lucky, he got a golden ticket to enter Mr. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Mr. Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, had decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents. In order to choose who will enter the factory, Mr. Wonka made a plan to hide only five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. Augustus Gloop, a corpulent child whose only hobby was eating, unwraps the first ticket, for which his town throws him a parade. Veruca Salt, an insufferable brat, received the next ticket from her father, who had employed his entire factory of peanut shellers to unwrap chocolate bars until they found a ticket. Violet Beauregarde discovered the third ticket while taking a break from setting a world record in gum chewing. The fourth ticket goes to Mike Teavee, who, as his name implies, cared only about television.

Charlie Bucket, the unsuspecting hero of the book, defied all odds in claiming the fifth and final ticket. A poor boy, Charlie lived in a tiny house with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, and all four of his grandparents. His grandparents shared the only bed in the house, located in the only bedroom, and Charlie and his parents sleep on mattresses on the floor. Once a year, on his birthday, Charlie got one bar of Wonka chocolate. He didn’t have money to buy the chocolate, eventhough he really wanted to get the last golden ticket. Oneday, he found a raggedy dollar bill buried in the snow. He decided to use a little of the money to buy himself some chocolate before turning the rest over to his mother. After inhaling the first bar of chocolate, Charlie decided to buy just one more and within the wrapping found the fifth golden ticket. He was not a moment too soon: the next day was the date Mr. Wonka had set for his guests to enter the factory.

Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Bucket could accompany Charlie to the factory because they must keep working. Magically, Charlie’s oldest and most beloved grandparent, Grandpa Joe, springed out of bed for the first time in decades. Charlie’s lucky find had transformed him into an energetic and almost childlike being. In the factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe marveled at the unbelievable sights, sounds, and especially smells of the factory, they were very grateful. The other four children succumbed to their own character flaws. Accordingly, they were ejected from the factory in mysterious and painful fashions. When only Charlie remained, Mr. Willy Wonka turned to him and congratulated him for winning. The entire day was actually contest, the prize for which was the entire chocolate factory, which Charlie had just won.

When I was younger, I tought that the moral value of this movie was to be virtuous, grateful, and obey the rules. But now, I find that the movie doesn’t really tell about those things. It tells about how we must know what we do. Charlie wanted to get the golden ticket because he knew that he could never enter that marvelous factory without the ticket because he was just a poor boy. He paid attention to Mr. Wonka because he knew that Mr. Wonka worked hard to build that factory with the Oompa Loompas, and had suffered a lot in the past. Even when he never knew that what they did was a big competition. But he did it well, because he had his own reason. Even when it means he couldn’t get “the happiness” while he was in the factory because he had to obey the whole rules, but all he did was being respectful, and it’s really a good thing.

All the other children were ejected from the factory because they didn’t knew what they were doing, they didn’t care about the consequences. Augustus Gloop falled into the hot chocolate river while attempting to drink it and was sucked up by one the pipe because he thought he could drink all the chocolate his self. Veruca Salt was determined to be a “bad nut” by nut-judging squirrels who threw her out with the trash because she thought his father could do anything with his money. Violet Beauregarde impetuously grabbed an experimental piece of gum and chews herself into a giant blueberry because she thought that she was cool enough to eat every gum variation in the world. Mike Teavee shrinked himself, and his father had to carry him out in his breast pocket because he thought he could handle the TV his self. They end up being ejected. Knowing what you are doing means you understand the consequences of your actions because you have a strong reason to do it. The reason that come from your deepest heart. By the way, I believe that what goes around comes around, God will surprise us in the end of our journey on doing something good. Your actions have impact. Just have your own reason to believe!

Someone said it to me, “We don’t need to ask what we will get when we do something good, just know that someday we will never regret being kind today.”