|"I've got a golden ticket!"|
Now, one scene in the movie that is not in the book has Charlie and his Grandpa Joe sneaking away from the tour of the chocolate factory to try Wonka's "fizzy lifting drinks," after Wonka has explicitly warned them not to do so.
It's not completely in character for these two to break the rules so readily, especially since Augustus Gloop has already gone up the chocolate tube, and Violet Beauregarde has already turned into a blueberry. But leaving that aside, we find that Charlie and Grandpa Joe get caught up in the consequences of their actions, floating helplessly toward a scary-looking ceiling fan that threatens to suck them in and chop them to bits. At the last second, they realize that belching loudly will release the "fizzies" from their system and allow them to float safely back to the ground. This done, they rejoin the tour and behave much better from then on.
|The very first of this meme to pop up|
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Sure enough, Charlie had signed a gigantic contract that was too long and tiny to read. But Grandpa Joe leads Charlie out, mumbling about what a horrible man Wonka is, and that if Slugworth wants a Gobstopper, he'll get one.
Charlie, however, lets go of Grandpa Joe's hand, returns to Wonka's desk, and sets down the Everlasting Gobstopper that Wonka had given him.
This act of contrition changes everything. Wonka welcomes Charlie back with open arms, informing him that not only has he won the lifetime supply of chocolate, but that he will now become Wonka's apprentice and inherit the entire chocolate factory!
|Not to be judgy, but ...|
Yet Augustus Gloop gorges himself in the chocolate river ... Violet Beauregarde chews the gum she's been warned not to ... Veruca Salt wants her own golden goose so badly that she becomes a victim of the egg-judging machine ... Mike Teavee wants the fame of being the first human to be turned into a television signal ... and Charlie Bucket just can't resist the urge to take the fizzy lifting drink and fly.
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
So, again, how is Charlie Bucket any different? It's not about whether he does something wrong. It's about what he does afterward.
It's not a perfect metaphor. We might still wonder about the God who makes us sign a giant contract we have no hope of reading. When did we agree not to break certain rules? I don't remember doing so. How can I be held accountable?
Yet life is, indeed, like a giant chocolate factory of wonders. Do we want to share the experience with others, or hoard as much of it for ourselves as we can?
And when we find that we have trespassed -- that is, gone somewhere we had no right to go -- even if we didn't know it at the time -- even if we may still personally believe we had every right to go there -- what do we do then? Do we wrap ourselves up in entitlement and vow vengeance? Or do we humbly submit ourselves to someone else's judgment?
The former reaction will never help us or anybody else. The latter reaction just might change everything. In giving back the Everlasting Gobstopper, Charlie Bucket becomes a redeemed sinner.