There’s also something weirdly liberating about the sight of Oompa Loompas toting knives.
You only have to recall how poor James’s parents get devoured by a
bizarrely carnivorous rhinoceros in James and the Giant Peach to
know that a big and rambunctious nasty streak runs through Roald Dahl’s
writing. And it continues into his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where Augustus Gloop disappears
into a chocolate river, Violet Beauregarde turns into a blueberry, Mike
Teavee becomes miniaturized, and Veruca Salt-well, let’s not talk about
what happens to Veruca Salt.…