Everlasting Gobstopper In Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Roald Dahl’s bestselling novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took inspiration from Dahl’s love for candy as a young boy through his teenage years. From the young ages seven to nine, Dahl and his friends always went to a sweet shop on the corner of their street (Boy 68). Many of the whimsical inventions of the shop parallel those inventions seen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most notably, the Everlasting Gobstopper found in the sweet shop made a large appearance in the novel. In his autobiography, Boy, Dahl states “ Gobstoppers, costing a penny each, were enormous hard round balls the size of small tomatoes. One Gobstopper would provide about an hour’s worth of non-stop sucking and if you took it out of your mouth and inspected it every five minutes or so, you would find it had changed colour.”(Boy 70) This idea of a cheap, long-lasting, and color-changing candy is presented nearly verbatim on pages 88 and 89 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “ ‘Everlasting Gobstoppers!’ cried Mr. Wonka proudly. ‘They’re completely new! I am inventing them for children who are given very little pocket money. You can put an Everlasting Gobstopper in your mouth and you can suck it and suck it and suck it and suck it and suck it and it will never get any smaller!’... But they taste terrific! And they change color once a week! And they never get any smaller! They never disappear! NEVER!’”(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 88-89). Of course the book version of the Gobstopper is far grander than that of Dahl’s life. However, we can clearly see the close similarities between the two, as referenced earlier, cheap, long-lasting and color-changing. Further in his life, Dahl became a chocolate taste tester for the international chocolate com... ... middle of paper ... ... father's passing is represented in his novels. Charlie Bucket and Matilda Wormwood find their role model through others outside of their parents such as more distant relatives or teachers. In a sense Dahl lived vicariously through his characters by filling the absence of his father through Miss Honey, Willy Wonka, and especially Grandpa Joe. The complex life of Roald Dahl heavily influenced his writing as seen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. From the Inventing Room to Willy Wonka to Miss Honey, the various concepts, characters, and relationships present in these novels have ties into the lifetime of Dahl. The experiences of Dahl allowed him to create fantastic pieces of literature and get named the high honor of the greatest storyteller ever, according to a Canon UK poll. This award is a true testament to the life of the storyteller, Roald Dahl. .

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