Comparison Of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

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Culture and society are constantly changing; adapting to the people who inhabit the world, the technology that shapes our daily lives, and the philosophies of the common people. Throughout history different art forms have best captured instances of the culture and thoughts of the people. Grecian urns showcase their mythos and famous battles, the Dark Ages told stories through the use of tapestries, the Renaissance was best captured in the hands of painters, the Age of Exploration was a time of great beauty and detail in map making, our Colonial Era was filled with pamphlets and poetry, the Industrial Revolution became the perfect setting for the modern newspaper, and the early20th century told many stories in the form of novels and plays. However, …show more content…
Slugworth, employing spies to steal secrets from him. Wonka's reaction was to close his factory to the public and find his own workforce that could never be tempted to share his recipes. As the children from around the world discover their golden ticket into the factory, a shady character, who introduces himself as Mr. Slugworth, takes them aside to consider stealing one recipe from the tour for him, and that he would pay handsomely for it. During the time period that this film was produced, the Cold War between the United States and the USSR was still in progress. While the Red Scare, a period of near paranoia that Communist spies were present in every part of our community (Red Scare, 2010), was over that didn't mean that it was no longer a fear in the back of the minds of the people. Even Charlie's honesty is portrayed by his refusal to be a part of the corporate espionage, and this is what convinces Wonka that Charlie was someone he could trust to carry on the candy making business in comparison to the other children, notably the closest runner up to Charlie, who speaks with his mother about reporting to Slugworth when they leave. However, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gets rid of this character. While Wonka still closed his gates to the public due to the threat of other companies stealing his discoveries, it becomes more of a passing part of the plot, instead of a struggle for Charlie, of how to help his poor family while still retaining his honesty. This can be attributed to the fact that the Cold War was finished by the time that the remake had come out, thus ridding the fear of Communist spies vying for secrets; having ended with the collapse of the USSR in 1991 (Fall of the Soviet Union), a full 15 years before the release of the remake, allowing a comfortable period for the fear of

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