Childhood Revisited: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Childhood Revisited: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" It is a proven fact, of course, that all adults were once children themselves. The previous statement is irrefutable, but as adults people tend to have varying levels of recall with regard to what it was like to be a child. Narrowing the field of adult humanity to just those adults who either write about or in some other way study children, it can be argued that failing to have some remembrance of childish thoughts and emotions most likely clouds one's research. In an article about children's literature and the people who write it, Perry Nodelman states that "adult interpretations of children's behavior, whether in literature or in psychology, are always contaminated by previously established adult assumptions about childhood" (30). This is an amazing statement in light of the fact that these adults were once what they are currently making assumptions about. Nodelman believes that children's literature is actually written for the benefit of adults, but that view seems somewhat shortsighted based on the breadth of children's literature available for study. For example, Roald Dahl's signature work "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" seems to be an attempt to write a book about children and for children. Although an adult is writing the book, it has many elements that call to mind a childish point of view. By examining the plot and characters of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", it is possible to see an example of

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