vindictive1 (noun)
1. seeking revenge.





Grandpa Joe's vindictive streak is more apparent in the movie than in the book. In the movie, he takes a perverse pleasure in Veruca going down the garbage chute before her father. His hostility towards them is based on Mr. Salt's earlier insistence that ladies should go first, putting Veruca ahead of Grandpa Joe.

Likewise, when confronted with the news that Charlie will be penalized because they broke the rules, he doesn't apologize to Wonka or to Charlier. Instead, he hatches a plan to get even which, if he had carried it out, would have resulted in Charlie losing the entire chocolate factory.

As with most vengeful people, Grandpa Joe is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face.

Footnotes and Sources

  1. Arbor Media, Inc., AllWords.Com.
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  2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, Tim Burton, US, 115 mins).

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