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Banned Books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Samantha Arco

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Transcript of Banned Books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Why was it Banned?
Evidence from the Book
About the Book
The book,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl, is about a boy named Charlie Bucket. He grew up in a poor family, and lives with his parents and his four grandparents in a crammed house. His grandfather tells him stories of Willy Wonka and his success. Charlie Bucket buys a Wonka chocolate bar in hopes of winning a golden ticket. He wins a tour through the chocolate factory. One by one, all of the other four kids get eliminated due to their greed and bad actions. In the end, Charlie's good heart is rewarded with the prize.


I think that
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
should not be banned because it teaches that greed leads to failure and patience and endurance win at the end (Kidschildchildren.com
).
This book has a meaningful message that can apply to real life.
My Perspective
In conclusion, the book,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Road Dahl, was banned because it was considered racist and because it embraces a poor philosophy of life (Robinson). First, it was banned for the descriptions of the Oompa Loompas being racist. Roald Dahl changed the descriptions in the revised edition of the book. After the revision, the book was locked up in the reference collection of a Colorado librarian's library because “the book espouses a poor philosophy of life”. Even though
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
was banned, many people today continue to enjoy reading this book.
Resources
Howard, Kristine. "Charlie and the Political-Correctness Factory."
Roald Dahl Fans
. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014.
Banned Books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Samantha Arco
According to Pajiba.com, the descriptions of Oompa Loompas (workers in the chocolate factory) were considered racist
also challenged by a Colorado librarian because “the book espouses a poor philosophy of life” and because Charlie has no “tremendously positive traits, only an absence of negative ones” (Robinson)
Racist Descriptions
In the first published version of the book, the Oompa Loompas were described as African Pygmies. “On publication in 1964, the original edition raised allegations of racism for its depiction of the Oompa Loompas who were then written as African Pygmies, happily slaving away for a wage of cocoa beans. The pygmies were also willing to be experimented upon”(Flanagan). In the revised version of the book, Dahl changed the descriptions of the Oompa Loompas to knee-high dwarves with "rosy-white" skin and "funny long hair" that is "golden-brown" and changes their origins from Africa to "Loompaland" (Dahl, pg. 68).
"A Poor Philosophy of Life"
Robinson, Joanna. "30 Banned And Challenged Kids Books That Will Make You Feel Terrible About Humanity."
Pajiba
. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
Rosenthal, Kristina. "Banned Books: Publications by Roald Dahl."
From McFarlin Tower
. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
Howard, Kristine. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Politically Correct Oompa–Loompa Evolution."
Roald Dahl Fans
. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
Original Oompa Loompas
Revised Oompa Loompas
Conclusion
After the book got revised in 1988, a Colorado librarian locked the book in the reference collection because “the book espouses a poor philosophy of life” and because Charlie has no “tremendously positive traits, only an absence of negative ones” (Robinson).
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Kids Story Book with a Moral Lesson."
Kidschildchildren
. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2014.
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