A recent Tumblr post written by user ‘Evayna’ contended that Violet Beauregarde—and not Charlie Bucket—should’ve been the winner of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory at the end of the film.
As skeptical as you may be about upheaving your entire thematic understanding of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Evayna made some thought-provoking points. Her analysis of the film and conclusion that Violet should have been the winner is going viral, and her argument is pretty darn on point.
This makes sense and I am shook. pic.twitter.com/z9WqosVDI4
— James Ridgers (@englishguy) December 1, 2018
First of all, Violet knows the product, and the product is candy. This is evidence by the fact that Violet immediately recognizes the piece of candy Wonka presents to her.
1. She’s the most knowledgeable about candy. She’s committed to it, and knows her stuff. When Wonka holds up a little yellow piece across the room, she recognizes it immediately. She was able to switch to candy bars for the sake of the contest, so we know she has personal discipline and is goal oriented. Also, two major projects play directly into her strong suits: the 3-course-meal gum that Wonka failed to make safe (gum) and the neverending gobstopper (longevity).
She is also the most business-savvy of the bunch, not just in personality by the very nature of how she was raised.
2. She’s the most fit to run a business. Violet is competitive, determined, hard working, and willing to take risks. Her father is a small town car salesman and politician, so she could easily pick up knowledge and support from him. (Veruca’s dad is also a business man, and in a compatible market (nuts), but it’s made very clear that Veruca has no respect or knowledge of business practices or hard work.)
Violet didn’t mess up by tasting the three-course gum meal, as the movie suggests. Instead, argues Evayna, she is standing in solidarity with—and as test subject instead of—the Oompa Loompas.
3. She’s the most sympathetic to the Oompa Loompas. She critiques Veruca when Veruca demands to buy one. More importantly, Wonka has been testing the 3-course-meal gum that ‘always goes wrong’ on Oompa Loompas while he presumably just watches. Violet is ready to put herself on the front line, instead of treating the Oompa Loompas as disposable, and would therefore be a better boss.
In fact, her only personality “flaw” is being too into candy…
4. Her personality ‘flaw’ is the most fitting for the company. In the moralizing Oompa Loompa song, they just say ‘gum is pretty cool, but it’s not socially acceptable to chew it all day‘. The thing is, we already know that she can stop if she wants, because she already did that to win the golden ticket.
Which, as Evayna points out “is EXACTLY what Wonka is all about” and is totally “on brand.”
And yeah, she is defensive about the perceived impoliteness of her hobby (like when her mother tries to shame her about her habit during a televised interview) but the obsession with candy and neglect of social norms is EXACTLY what Wonka is all about. This is on brand.
And her only true mistake—taking the amazing gum Wonka has tempted and pseudo-bait-and-switched her on—is totally valid.
5. Her misstep in the factory is reasonable. Wonka shows everyone a candy he’s very proud of. Violet is like “oh sick, that’s gum, my special interest.” Wonka then pulls a “WRONG! It’s amazing gum!” In the very moments before she takes the gum Wonka has mislead her just to belittle her. So when he’s like “I wouldn’t do that” why should she give a shit what he has to say?
Especially when we consider the fact that Charlie’s gaffe was way more irresponsible and theoretically unsound.
She’s not like Charlie over here who’s all “Sure Gramps, let’s stay behind while the tour leaves and secretly drink this thing that has been explicitly stated to fill you with gas and is too powerful for safe consumption, oh and also I just saw what happened to Violet so I actually KNOW what this stuff can be capable of” Also, Violet is not selfish about her experience, she tells everyone what she’s tasting and feeling, and everyone is eager to hear it. Taking a personal risk to share knowledge with everyone. Violet is Prometheus: fact.
Violet especially becomes the clear choice when we compare her to the rest of the kids.
So Augustus contaminates the chocolate river. Charlie sneaks around and contaminates the vent walls. Veruca destroys and disrupts the workspace. Mike knows exactly what will happen to him and transports/shrinks himself deliberately.
Violet had no idea what the gum could potentially do to her, and caused no harm to anyone or anything but herself.
On top of everything else, Evayna argues that Violet is actually way better than Charlie because she’s so similar to—and even more morally correct than—Willy Wonka himself.
Lastly: Can you imagine Charlie filling Wonka’s shoes? That passive, naive boy? Violet is already basically Wonka. She’s passionate, sarcastic, candy-obsessed, free thinking, and a total firecracker. She’s even better than Wonka, because she doesn’t endanger others. Violet should’ve been picked to inherit the chocolate factory.
People on every social media platform were shook by the accuracy of the theory.
This also struck me as odd, in every version. She's ambitious, she's competitive and not afraid to open her mouth.
It's kind of weird how she gets punished for admirable traits and an insatiable curiosity.
Charlie is… Well, kind of dull?
— Alderick van Klaveren (@Amon_Pretender) December 1, 2018
Violet is likely a better spokesperson for the company as well. She's obviously well spoken and good in front of a camera. I just can't see Charlie doing the kind of publicity that she can.
— Lara Welter (@Duraffinity) December 2, 2018
My first impulse was to form a counter argument… but when you think about it, it's true.
Violet 2020! pic.twitter.com/XPfmQVsNIx
— SteveEricson (@SteveEricson) December 1, 2018
It has always bugged me that Charlie’s blind conformity and obedience is rewarded with the task of running that particular factory. It’s a terrible fit for the job.
— Jeff Bean (@jwfbean) December 2, 2018
Yes. God, yes. This is so correct. https://t.co/UAJG2nM5ak
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) December 3, 2018
Plenty pointed out that there was no chance for Violet to win, ever, on account of her being a female character existing in a 1964 book…
Another reason she didn't win is that the book was written in 1964 and Charlie was a boy.
— Pseudonymble (@SouffleOfTheDay) December 1, 2018
Those traits weren't (and often even today) viewed as admirable in a woman.
— Aegon IV Targaryen, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (@RealAegonIV) December 1, 2018
…Written by Roald Dahl.
Everyone here is missing the point.
Violet is a character in a Roald Dahl book doing something Roald Dahl personally finds annoying.
This means she is a loathsome creature deserving only the fires of hell.
— Noah Washburn (@NoahWashburn1) December 1, 2018
There were some fairly powerful counter-arguments made. For one, Charlie passed the morality test that all else failed. Wonka also specifically wanted an impressionable, moldable young protege.
These are all good BUT I think we are all missing ONE THING.
She like all the other participants ACCEPTED FAKE SLUGWORTHS OFFER to sell him the gobstopper formula!
Despite all of the "tests" that was the main morality test in the end!
— Willie Coleman III ✒ (@wcoleman3rd) December 2, 2018
That’s all well and good but Violet took the everlasting gob-stopper to give to ‘Slugworth’ and in doing so failed the only test that matters; will you act with integrity? Charlie was the correct choice. QED
— We’re all doomed! (@snozzcumberz) December 2, 2018
Except Wonka doesn't WANT an aggressive protege with her own ideas; he specifically says at the end he wants a child impressionable enough to mold, so he can have an inheritor who will do things HIS way. Whether you agree with that approach or not, it's what he's screening for.
— Maggie McNeill (@Maggie_McNeill) December 2, 2018