An Oedipal Complex is an unresolved, dysfunctional relationship with a parent of the opposite sex that impedes the development of mature, effective relationship building with adult peers.
The creation of this complex stems from the mythological story of Oedipus. When Oedipus was born scriptures predicted that he would ultimately end up falling in love with his mother and killing his father. To prevent this his parents sent him away. However, this did not work and the scriptures came true and in the end he ends up gouging his eyes out and being exiled. It can be proven that Oedipus was following his ID because these predictions were made just as he was born, and the ID is believed to be the only part of the freudian model of the mind that you are born with.
Also the ID persuades you to follow your inherent desires Oedipus’ inherent desire was to be with his mother and kill his father, both which he succeeded at. In the 1971 original film adaption of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory directed by Mel Stuart, all of the children invited to the factory suffer from or are tempted by oedipal complexes and therefore follow their ID’s which leads to what is assumed to be their death and the ominous chant of the oompa loompas even though Wonka insists to Charlie that they will be fine. Augustus Gloop, an overweight child from Germany who takes after his over indulgent father, was one of the quickest children to fail Wonka’s test. He is overweight and shows no self control when it comes to eating, similar to his father, who eats almost as much as he does. This is considered an oedipal complex because his parent’s support these habits, while everyone else who sees him, sees him as a pig, slob, and corpulent. It is this oedipal complex that leads him to fall into the chocolate river and be sucked up by the tube to what we can assume leads to his death. Veruca Salt is the perfect example of a spoiled brat. She’s so used to getting exactly what she wants, when she wants it.
Her father owns his own factory and has obviously done well for himself. He spoils Veruca and is the type of parent that constantly pays for whatever and whenever Veruca wants anything. When her father finds out about the contest, he makes all of his factory workers open boxes and boxes of candy bars to ensure that Veruca gets one of the Golden Tickets. It is this oedipal complex that leads to her death in the golden egg room after Wonka refuses to sell her one of his golden egg laying geese. She has a fit, trashes the room and then climbs up on the “eggdicator” and is deemed a “bad egg”, so she is sent to the furnace.
Then, in attempt to save his daughter, Mr. Salt is deemed a “bad egg” as well and is sent to the furnace with his daughter.Violet Beauregarde has an addiction to chewing gum. While this habit is annoying to some, the fact that she is arrogant and feels that she is superior to others is the real issue. With Violet, it seems as if she’s been neglected, and uses every chance she can to show off to gain attention. Her father is a politician and is very well known for his Car Dealership.
Even when Violet wins the Golden Ticket, he continues to promote himself, even giving Wonka his business card. It is this oedipal complex that leads her to go against Wonka’s instructions and chew the three course meal gum. The gum leads to her blowing up into a blueberry, so Wonka sends her to the juicing room but states that she could explode. We do not know what ends up happening to her, but we can assume that the outcome is not a good one.Mike Teavee has issues with reality.
His dependence on how life is portrayed on TV gives him a distorted view of the real world. His parents enable this by allowing him to eat TV Dinners, so he doesn’t have to sit at the table and eat dinner, he can just constantly watch shows. It is this oedipal complex that leads him to mess with the television chocolate even though Wonka previously stated that he is still trying to workout some of the issues with the concept. He also stated that once when they were experimenting with the camera only half a bar of chocolate materialized. In the end of the scene Mike is sent to the TV successfully however, he is now miniature and there is no talk of the process being able to be reversed.Charlie Buckets, the protagonist of the story, too is tempted by a flaw which is entitlement. Not because he is rich or has power, but rather because he’s poor, he grew up poor, and he feels like he’s meant to find that Golden Ticket.
This way of thinking is not his fault. Grandpa Joe makes Charlie feel that he is entitled to it. He tells Charlie that he deserves it more than everyone else because he wants it more than everyone else. Charlie never really shows that he feels entitled, however Grandpa Joe surely does. Since Charlie’s father is out of the picture, most likely because of the fact that he would have to take care of his family and his wife’s parents and uncle, it is Grandpa Joe who is his biggest role model.
Charlie has to help his family by getting a paper route while Grampa Joe doesn’t help at all. It is this mentality that Grampa Joe feels that someone else should take care of him that enables Charlie’s sense of entitlement. Grandpa Joe is the one who talks Charlie into sneaking away to try the fizzy drinks that almost lead to their death, but they luckily find a way to escape and continue the tour. However, Wonka finds out about this so at the end of the tour when Charlie is supposed to get the lifetime supply of chocolate he decides that Charlie will get nothing.
Infuriated, Grandpa Joe suggests to Charlie that they should give the everlasting gobstopper to Mr. Slugworth. After this Charlie decides to give the gobstopper back to Mr. Wonka.
With this action Mr. Wonka has a change of heart and reveals that the actual prize is the factory and the real purpose of the tour was to find someone worthy enough to succeed him. Since he is the only child that has overcome this oedipal complex and ultimately chooses to think for himself and not to follow his ID, Mr. Wonka picks him to be his heir meaning Charlie and his family can move into the factory immediately.This shows the reward for not following one’s ID.
This is why it is a very common movie to show to kids because it shows that you get rewarded for doing the right thing even though this movie has several things that would be considered morbid or strange.