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This Crazy Theory About “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” Actually Makes Sense

As if Oompa Loompas weren't scary enough already.

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In the poem, a ferryman named Charon carries freshly dead souls across rivers that divide the living world from the deceased...

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In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka leads the group on a legitimately terrifying boat trip into the factory.


The next comparison made is to Dante's Inferno's "nine circles of hell..."

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Each circle is designed to punish a particular type of sinner, in a manner that relates to the sin. For example, the seventh circle is for violence, so a murderer might be sent there to cook in a fiery river of boiling blood.

Well, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the kids are punished in a way that relates to their respective "sin..."

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For example, Augustus Gloop is gluttonous for chocolate, and he almost drowns in a river of it.

The final comparison is between their endings. At the end of Dante's Inferno, Dante climbs up Satan and ascends out of Hell...

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In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie ascends off into the sky in a glass elevator.

All of this begs the question, is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory a harmless story about kids in a candy factory, or is it about children experiencing some variation of the "circles of hell" from Dante's Inferno?

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