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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

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Overview: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as the quirky and silly chocolatier, Willy Wonka. This movie is not only a whacky and twisted remake directed by Tim Burton, but it is also a goldmine when it comes to analyzing the personality of Willy as an adult and how his flashbacks to his early childhood reveal why he acts the way he is. Willy’s father, Wilbur Wonka, was known throughout the town for his dentistry, he was referred to as the best dentist in town. As being a dentist, Wilbur despised all types of candy and forbade Willy from having any. The conflicts caused by his father when he was younger, riddled Willy for the rest of his life and led him to be the ...view middle of the document...

One of defense mechanism called ‘Repression’, “involves unconscious denial of the existence of something that causes anxiety” it is an “unconscious type of forgetting of the existence of something causing us discomfort or pain. It can operate on memories of situations or people”. (Schultz & Schultz, 2013) For example, you owe your friend money, which causes you anxiety. In defense to the anxiety, every time you see your friend you always tell them that you “forgot”. Your Ego repressed the idea that you owe your friend money in order to reduce the amount of anxiety. While growing up, Willy repressed the existence of his father by running away from him. As Willy replays the vivid flashbacks of his childhood, they all pertain to a particular span of events. In the first flashback, Wilbur is telling Willy that he read in a “very important medical journal that some kids might be allergic to chocolate and that it makes their noses itch”. His father was trying to use fear as a way to keep his son away from trying chocolate. The second event Willy’s dad takes his Halloween candy away and throws it all into the fire. Willy repressed the thought of his father because as a child, he caused him nothing but conflict.
Freud’s later revision of the three levels of personality, led him to redefine the Id as “the aspect of personality allied with the instincts; the source of physic energy, the id...

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