In this year’s essay writing contest we were asked to expand upon the idea:
It almost feels as if Roald Dahl thought about our school when he wrote about Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
This is what Aritra (Class VII-2017) wrote, in his winning entry:
Willy Wonka’s factory can surely be compared to our school, and Willy Wonka himself, to Sir.
A crazy man with new and strange ideas, Willy Wonka created numerous new chocolates using innovative methods. A lake filled with chocolates, a plan to transmit real chocolates through TV signals – who other than Willy Wonka could have thought about this?
To learn without textbooks but by reading storybooks, to learn Maths with Japanese puzzle, apps, to use Twitter and movies for learning – who other than Sir, could have thought about this? The chocolate factory is our school, the innovative ways of making chocolate are the innovative ways of learning, and Willy Wonka is our Sir.
But what would Roald Dahl’s book be without the children, without Charlie? We, the students, are the Charlies of our school, who have chanced upon this magical wonderland through the unforgettable golden tickets – through pure luck and chance. We, the students, gasp at Sir’s great ways of teaching – we never stop being amazed by them, just like Charlie, who marvelled at Willy Wonka’s ingenious methods. And again, just like Charlie, we are not only amazed by our school, but we contribute to it. We behave responsibly, we are honest, and we don’t cheat. I admit that some students do misuse the ways, I admit that there are some Augustus Gloops and Veruca Salts, but most of us are Charlies.
And just like Charlie, we gradually become the owners of the chocolate factory. We, the students, manage the Twitter account of our school; we organise events of the Contest Week; we check stories and reviews, we make questions for book exams; the things we write are sometimes even used to teach; we educate others about this world and free them from the virus of faith under the guidance of our Willy Wonka.
The chocolates that came out from Willy Wonka’s factory were a priceless commodity for children all over the world. We, the students, shaped and flavoured by the unorthodox and great ways of teaching, will also be a priceless commodity of the world. There are a very few in the world like us, who think with a rational mind and refuse to be brainwashed. And whom do we have to thank? None other than our Willy Wonka – Sir.
At the end of the book, Willy Wonka hands over the responsibility of running the chocolate factory to Charlie, because he is a responsible child. Why to a child? Because a child is free of the vices of adulthood. We, the students, will also try to remain children forever – to never acquire those vices.
Maybe, about twenty years later, Sir will hand his responsibility over to one of us – one of us who has succeeded in remaining a child. A student, who can still think rationally, a student who is not orthodox, a student who is innovative and can devise even better ways of making chocolates, will be the new Willy Wonka. Till then, my prophecy will remain unfulfilled.
This is why it almost feels as if Roald Dahl thought about our school when he wrote about Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.