Willy Wonka Character Analysis

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WILLY WONKA- SCHIZOTYPAL PERSONALITY DISORDER
About the character
Willy Wonka is one of the main characters in Roald Dahl’s famous books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
The character was portrayed by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film adaptation, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2005 film adaptation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Both the films and the books describe Willy Wonka as a phoenix-like man who has an odd and creative character. He baffles the other characters with his behaviour but the main protagonist, Charlie, enjoys his antics. He is known to the world as the "greatest inventor and maker of chocolates that there has ever been". (Willy
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He has no living relative and is getting too old to keep it running. He believes that he cannot trust an adult with his factory and wants to give the factory to a sweet child who will run the factory in their own way and not follow his steps. He wanted someone whom he could trust with his candy making secrets and who would take care of his beloved workers, the Oompa- Loompas, whom he rescued from Loompaland, where he thought they would surely go extinct. (Willy Wonka, 2015).
In the 2005 film, they showed Willy Wonka’s childhood where Willy’s overbearing father, who was a dentist, would not let him eat candies or chocolates because of the potential risk to his teeth. Mr. Wonka would burn chocolates in front of Willy which drove him to run away from home to become a chocolatier. Because of this, Willy took no interest in children and couldn’t even say the word ‘parent’. Charlie reconciles the two in the end.
Noticing his eccentric and peculiar behaviour, it is said that Willy Wonka may be suffering from Schizotypal Personality
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Willy Wonka fits one of the major criteria to be diagnosed as a person suffering from Schizotypal Personality disorder, which is magical thinking. He says things like, “I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!” He believes that every dream is achievable, even the unrealistic and impossible ones. (Rith-Najarian, 2013). Willy is also known for his odd speech mannerisms and dressing style. He has made up his own phrases like, “Oh, my sainted aunt!” He also frequently quotes from books and poems like William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, John Masenfield’s “Sea Fever” etc.
His dressing sense is considered to be offbeat since he wears things like a top hat, and carries and cane. He wears a long purple coloured jacket with green pants. Social isolation is another characteristic in Willy which confirms that he has schizotypal personality disorder. In the books it was said that Willy had locked himself inside the chocolate factory for many years to avoid contact with anyone. He has no family or friends and prefers to keep a distance between himself and the society. The only interaction he has with on a daily basis, are with the Oompa- Loompas. This also shows that he has excessive social anxiety. Willy also shies away from affection. This is seen when Violet tries to hug

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