Study Guide

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chapter 21

By Roald Dahl

Chapter 21

Good-bye Violet

  • And so Willy Wonka explains what's so special about this little piece of gum. It's an entire meal in itself: when you chew it, you taste a full meal, you feel it going down your stomach, and it fills you up. No more grocery shopping ever.
  • Violet, of course, wants to try this gum, and even though Mr. Wonka asks her not to – he says it's not perfected – she grabs it and starts chewing.
  • And... she loves it. She describes the taste: tomato soup, followed by roast beef and a baked potato and finally, blueberry pie.
  • Her parents are cheering her on, Mr. Wonka is yelling, and Charlie is just watching her in shock.
  • Suddenly, Violet's parents notice that she's turning blue and purple. Yep, she's actually changing colors.
  • And sure enough, she starts swelling up and turns into a giant blueberry. Just like with Augustus Gloop, Willy Wonka doesn't seem to be too concerned about Violet. And just like with Augustus, he calls over a few Oompa-Loompas to take her to the Juicing Room.
  • As they roll her out, the Oompa-Loompas start to sing about the revolting habit of chewing gum. This one's pretty funny – check it out (21.54).