The Great Joys Of Reading Roald Dahl 's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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One of the great joys of reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is the catharsis experienced by the readers when four nasty children are forced to undergo some gruesome punishments. These punishments are carried out in very creative ways, from being turned into a big blueberry to being zapped into a TV, so that they tend to come across as refreshing and entertaining to the audience. However, it must not be overlooked that this small book does present some horrid actions in a positive light, including the sadistic treatment of children, removal of a large population from work, and imperial superiority over indigenous populations. Eleanor Cameron went so far as to deem this novel as a ‘tasteless’ story that represents the nasty character of the author (Cameron). Though she is correct in terms of some of the atrocious aspects of the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is far from being a ‘tasteless’ book. On the contrary, it is a book that must be kept on the bookshelves, to inform us of some of the darkest aspects of humanity. The repulsiveness of Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard, and Mike Teavey are so obviously revealed in the book that there is no room to doubt that they are indeed nasty. In fact, they are never even remotely pleasant, resulting in impatient readers that cannot wait for these children to be punished. Consequently, when karma finally catches up to these spoiled children – and their parents who have raised them that way – it

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