In the beginning, there’s a scene in which the children begin to annoy Mr. Wonka by introducing themselves. He refers to their Guardians as moms and dads, not being able to voice the actual word “parents.” He then has a little moment or trance that he goes into in which he spouts off many different words to say the same thing; Father. According to his facial expressions of furrowed brows and shaky lips I begin to think that something in his past reveals his disconnection emotionally with his own father. Not having a mother around to support him or nurture him could be a contributor as well; his father was a very unaffectionate man. Mr. Wonka isn’t the friendliest of people to the children, his retorts are sharp and sarcastic somewhat childish, I feel that he has some growing up to do.
I would diagnose Mr. Wonka as having a Dissociative Disorder. More likely he shows symptoms of depersonalization, lacking control of his outside self and allowing his mind to flow into unplanned travel and wandering. My view on his living situation is that it is unrealistic where things are made of candy and alienating yourself from the outside world plays a big role. People who have dissociative disorders often use dissociation as a defense mechanism involuntarily, more than likely caused by psychological trauma. We use defense mechanisms to protect ourselves from guilt or feelings of anxiety which Mr. Wonka also clearly suffers from. Whenever we feel threatened( by the children attacking his lifestyle choices) our “id or superego” becomes overpowering. In Mr.Wonkas case his “id” has taken over most of his entire life. From the moment he defied his fathers’ wishes by eating all the chocolate he could find and running away from home, he stepped into his own world in which he let his “id” take over. I mean for goodness sake the man lives in a chocolate factory where all his dreams come true! When we lose sight of how to control our “id” we develop anxiety or...
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