Definition

misogynist1 (noun)
1. Someone who hates women.

Evidence

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Analysis

There is no shortage of contempible characters in the story. In fact, one could argue that only the Bucket family (with the obvious exception of Grandpa Joe himself) is above reproach. That said, Grandpa Joe and Charlie encounter and/or observe a great many people, but Grandpa Joe only insults the women.

He doesn't say anything derogatory about the fast-talking Sam Beauregard, the seemingly mad Wonka, or even the vile Slugworth9. He heaps all his invective on women throughout the story. It seems clear he has little use for women even though he has, apparently, depended on one to feed and clothe him for more than twenty years.

Bad enough that he holds these attitudes, but he even advocates his violent tendencies to Charlie, suggesting that Veruca could benefit from a well-placed boot.

Footnotes and Sources

  1. Arbor Media, Inc., AllWords.Com.
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  2. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (New York: Puffin Books, 1998) p. 83
  3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  9. At one point, he does describe Slugworth as “the worst” when it comes to spying on Wonka, but he doesn't actually express disapproval of the activity.

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