Poor Parenting

In “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, there are four of the most poorly behaved children ever. The behavior of these children, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Varuca Salt, is absolutely atrocious and for that they are punished throughout their tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. These children cannot be blamed for their lack of discipline for it is their parents who should receive the blame of their poor behavior.
Augustus Gloop is the first to find a golden ticket. From reading the book it is easy to determine that he is an overweight and greedy child. He is also the first of the children on the tour to be punished for their poor behavior. Augustus is unable to help himself once he lays eyes on Willy Wonka’s chocolate river. After being warned by both his mother and Mr. Wonka he still approaches the river and falls in. He is then sucked into a giant pipe that chocolate flows through to be manufactured. Once he is jammed in the pipe he receives a song from the oompa-loomas. Augustus’ mother was unable to control her son because of the way she spoils him. In an interview she brags about how “eating is his hobby” (Roald Dahl 22). By allowing him to eat whatever he wants she neglected to teach him the self-control he needed to resist the chocolate river.
Violet Beauregard is the third child to find a golden ticket, but is the second to receive her punishment for her poor behavior during the tour. Her greediness is shown when she takes a piece of experimental gum from Mr. Wonka. He warns her that there are unpleasant side effects, but like Augustus she has a lack of discipline and pays no attention. For her rude behavior and failure to listen to Mr. Wonka’s warning, she is punished. Violet fills with juice till she has the appearance of a large blueberry. She then receives an oompa-loompa song, and then they roll her to the juicer room where they will squeeze the juice out of her. This could have been avoided had her parents taught her proper manners and not allowed to her to become so rude.
Varuca Salt could be considered the most spoiled of the four to be ejected from the tour. She was the second to find a golden ticket, and all it took was her father buying candy bars in extremely large quantities to find it. Varuca receives her punishment when she demands to have a squirrel from the nut room in the factory. The squirrels then toss her down a trash shoot, and the oompa-loompas then sing another song. This situation could have been avoided if her parents didn’t respond to whenever Varuca said “I want”. Instead of teaching her that she cannot have everything she wants, they spoil her to the point where she was an ungrateful spoiled brat.
Mike Teavee is the finder of the fourth golden ticket and to be ejected from the tour. Mike uses a machine Mr. Wonka made to teleport chocolate from his factory into the televisions of his customers. By teleporting himself, Mike is shrunken down to the size of a candy bar. Mr. Wonka then suggests that the oompa-loompas use the machine used to stretch out certain candies. Once again this shows that Mike’s parents neglected to teach him self-control, and spoil him by allowing him to watch television all the time.

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