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It has certainly been argued in some quarters that the children (and a few other character constitute the Seven Deadly Sins:

  1. Gluttony - Augustus
  2. Greed - Veruca
  3. Pride - Violet
  4. Sloth - Mike
  5. Envy - Grandpa Joe
  6. Lust - Charlie
  7. Wrath - Willy Wonka

Now, whether Dahl intended these representations to be read is another matter. I would argue Dahl simply wanted each child to be "bad" in their own way, with Charlie being our hero.

Interestingly, he originally drafted over 10 other children to be in the Chocolate Factory, before settling on the five above. Some pages from one of his manuscripts in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre show his "fourth draft" of the novel's characters:

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  • Augustus: A greedy boy
  • Miranda (who wasa character later cut from the novelbook): A girl who is allowed to do anything she likes

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  • Veruca Salt: A girl who is allowed to have anything she wants. (Interestingly, note the similarity between her description and Miranda's)
  • Violet Beauregarde - A girl who chews gum all day long.
  • Mike Teavee - A boy who is crazy about television.

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  • Charlie Bucket - The child we like best of all

Given that there don't appear to be any interviews where he suggests links between this and the Deadly Sins or other representations of evil, it seems likely that he felt they were simply fun bad characters, who all had interesting flaws that would make for a good story.

It has certainly been argued in some quarters that the children (and a few other character constitute the Seven Deadly Sins:

  1. Gluttony - Augustus
  2. Greed - Veruca
  3. Pride - Violet
  4. Sloth - Mike
  5. Envy - Grandpa Joe
  6. Lust - Charlie
  7. Wrath - Willy Wonka

Now, whether Dahl intended these representations to be read is another matter. I would argue Dahl simply wanted each child to be "bad" in their own way, with Charlie being our hero.

Interestingly, he originally drafted over 10 other children to be in the Chocolate Factory, before settling on the five above. Some pages from one of his manuscripts in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre show his "fourth draft" of the novel's characters:

enter image description here

  • Augustus: A greedy boy
  • Miranda (who was cut from the novel): A girl who is allowed to do anything she likes

enter image description here

  • Veruca Salt: A girl who is allowed to have anything she wants.
  • Violet Beauregarde - A girl who chews gum all day long.
  • Mike Teavee - A boy who is crazy about television.

enter image description here

  • Charlie Bucket - The child we like best of all

Given that there don't appear to be any interviews where he suggests links between this and the Deadly Sins or other representations of evil, it seems likely that he felt they were simply fun bad characters, who all had interesting flaws that would make for a good story.

It has certainly been argued in some quarters that the children (and a few other character constitute the Seven Deadly Sins:

  1. Gluttony - Augustus
  2. Greed - Veruca
  3. Pride - Violet
  4. Sloth - Mike
  5. Envy - Grandpa Joe
  6. Lust - Charlie
  7. Wrath - Willy Wonka

Now, whether Dahl intended these representations to be read is another matter. I would argue Dahl simply wanted each child to be "bad" in their own way, with Charlie being our hero.

Interestingly, he originally drafted over 10 other children to be in the Chocolate Factory, before settling on the five above. Some pages from one of his manuscripts in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre show his "fourth draft" of the novel's characters:

enter image description here

  • Augustus: A greedy boy
  • Miranda (a character later cut from the book): A girl who is allowed to do anything she likes

enter image description here

  • Veruca Salt: A girl who is allowed to have anything she wants. (Interestingly, note the similarity between her description and Miranda's)
  • Violet Beauregarde - A girl who chews gum all day long.
  • Mike Teavee - A boy who is crazy about television.

enter image description here

  • Charlie Bucket - The child we like best of all

Given that there don't appear to be any interviews where he suggests links between this and the Deadly Sins or other representations of evil, it seems likely that he felt they were simply fun bad characters, who all had interesting flaws that would make for a good story.

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It has certainly been argued in some quarters that the children (and a few other character constitute the Seven Deadly Sins:

  1. Gluttony - Augustus
  2. Greed - Veruca
  3. Pride - Violet
  4. Sloth - Mike
  5. Envy - Grandpa Joe
  6. Lust - Charlie
  7. Wrath - Willy Wonka

Now, whether Dahl intended these representations to be read is another matter. I would argue Dahl simply wanted each child to be "bad" in their own way, with Charlie being our hero.

Interestingly, he originally drafted over 10 other children to be in the Chocolate Factory, before settling on the five above. Some pages from one of his manuscripts in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre show his "fourth draft" of the novel's characters:

enter image description here

  • Augustus: A greedy boy
  • Miranda (who was cut from the novel): A girl who is allowed to do anything she likes

enter image description here

  • Veruca Salt: A girl who is allowed to have anything she wants.
  • Violet Beauregarde - A girl who chews gum all day long.
  • Mike Teavee - A boy who is crazy about television.

enter image description here

  • Charlie Bucket - The child we like best of all

Given that there don't appear to be any interviews where he suggests links between this and the Deadly Sins or other representations of evil, it seems likely that he felt they were simply fun bad characters, who all had interesting flaws that would make for a good story.