Analysis of Willy Wonka’s Character from the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

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Fransiska Linda

Analysis of Willy Wonka’s Character from the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”


The movie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is based upon the novel written by Roald Dahl. The story is about a great chocolate maker named Willy Wonka who are famous in all over the world. One day, Willy Wonka allowing a group of kids who have won the chance to enter his chocolate factory after being closed for 15 years because at that time his staff stole his secret chocolate recipes. When the 5 kids who are the winner enter Wonka’s chocolate factory, they find that the factory is no ordinary factory but a factory that is filled with magical chocolate waterfalls, lollipop trees and many other kind of delicious candies. As the tour goes on, the 5 kids experience many things and when they are not obeying the rules there, they will out from the factory. Out of the 5 kids, Charlie is the only one remaining because he is a good and honest kid. Finally, Willy Wonka gives Charlie his factory and lives happily.

From this movie, the writer will analyze about what gender a character of Willy Wonka is, masculine or feminine. First, the writer will give the definition and some examples about what is called masculinity and femininity. As cited by encyclopedia:

Masculinity refers to the social roles, behaviors, and meanings prescribed for men in any given society at any one time. As such, it emphasizes gender, not biological sex, and the diversity of identities among different groups of men. Although we experience gender to be an internal facet of identity, the concept of masculinity is produced within the institutions of society and through our daily interactions (Kimmel 2000).

On the other hand, the definition of femininity is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with girls and women.(Wikipedia, 2012). By looking from the sex, Willy Wonka is a man. Yet from this paper the writer would like to observe whether...
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