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  • Writer's pictureEmily Guo

Veruca vs Charlie

Veruca is a spoiled kid from a rich family in England. She always wears different clothes whenever she appears on screen. She is seen wearing lavish clothes, which is shown by her outfits - a fur coat and a bright pink dress - during the tour. Compared to other characters in the book or movie, she stands out because of the clothes she wears. The director uses extreme long shots to show that Veruca’s family live in a big castle, which indicates their wealthy background.

Veruca is also a very demanding child. She wants everything she sees and nothing stops her from asking for things she wants. For example, when she finds out the search for the golden ticket didn’t go well, she urges her dad to buy more chocolates until he finds the ticket. As a young girl, she doesn’t understand that she has to work hard to get something. She just relies on her father to satisfy her demands. After her dad gets her the golden ticket, she doesn't show her appreciation and instead she asks for more, "Daddy. I want another pony." Her greedy personality is also portrayed when she is in the factory. Even worse, at the factory, Veruca wants a squirrel. Willy Wonka rejects her unreasonable request by saying they are not on sale, then Veruca gets very angry and ignores Willy Wonka’s warning and walks directly into the squirrels’ workplace, trying to steal a squirrel from the nut room. As a result, she gets punished for her misbehavior by being thrown into a nut tunnel.

Extreme Long Shot - Veruca’s House in England

Extreme Long Shot - Veruca’s House in England

In contrast, Charlie is very humble and simple. He always wears the same striped shirt and old-fashioned sweater. He lives together with the six grown-ups(Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Mr. Bucket and Mrs. Bucket) in a shabby wooden house on the edge of a small town. If you wonder how uncomfortable it is, here are two descriptions from the book:

1. “The house wasn't nearly large enough for so many people, and life was extremely uncomfortable for them all. There were only two rooms in the place altogether, and there was only one bed. The bed was given to the four old grandparents because they were so old and tired.”

2. “Mr. and Mrs. Bucket and little Charlie Bucket slept in the other room, upon mattresses on the floor. In the summertime, this wasn't too bad, but in the winter, freezing cold draughts blew across the floor all night long, and it was awful."

Charlie is thoughtful. Unlike Veruca, he never asks his parents for anything. Even though he loves chocolate, he never asks his parents to buy it for him because he wants to help the family save money given their financial ability. However, his parents always award him with one bar of chocolate every year on his birthday to make him happy

The Small Home that Charlie and All His Families Reside In

Bucket family’s shabby wooden house is away from the town

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