Analysis Of The Book ' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory '

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While I was exploring the website of the author, Roald Dahl, of my favorite book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I came across this sad passage: “I [Roald Dahl] noticed that her [Olivia, Roald’s oldest daughter] fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything. ‘Are you feeling alright? ' I asked her. 'I feel all sleepy, ' she said. In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.” (Dahl). Curious, I did more research and found that measles encephalitis had suddenly taken away Olivia’s life when she was just seven years old, leaving Roald with indelible pain. He never expected that his daughter would die from having measles; she seemed to “do well on the road to recovery” until that morning, the morning of her death (Dahl). His wife, Patricia Neal, said that Roald was traumatized by the death of his daughter that he never talked to anyone about it (Nianias). Nevertheless, in 1986, he wrote a letter regarding measles titled “Roald Dahl on Oliva, writing in 1986 - Measles: A Dangerous Illness.” In his letter, he mentioned that the death of his daughter, but also the reason why his daughter died. He believed that his daughter died because she was never vaccinated. The reason that he did not vaccinate “Olivia in 1962 [was] because in those day, a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered” (Dahl). He said that since vaccines now are safer, more effective, and more available than before, parents cannot excuse their children from…
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