Definition

pervert1 (noun)
1. someone who is morally or sexually perverted.

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In observing the movie, it is clear that Mrs. Teevee believes she is being touched in an inappropriate manner. Immediately following her comment, the look on Grandpa Joe's face lets us know exactly who was touching her. At no time does Grandpa Joe deny having touched Mrs. Teavee.

Throughout the early stages of the book and movies we are presented with the image of Grandpa Joe and Charlie's other grandparents, clad only in bedclothes and spending all their time together, four in a bed. This can hardly be a proper example for young Charlie or any other impressionable viewers. Watching the movie makes it clear that Grandpa Joe is the ringleader of this group: George and Georgina don't speak at all and Grandma Josephine is allowed only to announce that she made the tassles for Charlie's scarf.

Charlie's only outburst in the movie is to tell Grandpa not to elaborate anymore on a story where he mentions kissing Grandma. Based on the speed and sincerity with which Charlie speaks, it seems clear that Grandpa Joe has made it gross a time or two. One hesitates to think what sordid stories Mr. Four-in-a-bed might be telling his grandchild.

It seems clear from the examples above that Grandpa Joe is a pervert in both senses of the word. His morals are not those of a normal person, worse, he seeks to impose his values on others and has some degree of success. Sadly, Wonka is also morally perverted; one can only hope that Charlie's mother will be able to save him.

Footnotes and Sources

  1. Arbor Media, Inc., AllWords.Com.
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  2. Although the movie spells it Teevee, we have elected to use the original spelling Teavee
  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. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, Tim Burton, US, 115 mins).
  8. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (New York: Puffin Books, 1998) p. 4-5

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