- Oct 27, 2016
After re watching the film, I feel that there are some implied alchemy undertones and even allegorical type motifs. Willy Wonka is able to transform literally anything into candy. The first obvious reference related to GOLD is the fact that you must FIND the GOLD (ticket) before you can witness the master at work. Of course the pure of heart Charlie is the only one worthy of inheriting the factory and the secret formula for creating the everlasting gobstopper. The everlasting gobstopper's creation and formula and is Wonka's biggest secret. It is implied that they never go bad, they stay the same size and can change colors (various stages of the philosopher's stone). Wonka then says he designed it for those who cant afford candy, so one could live off of just one piece forever. Wonka forces the kids to take an OATH of secrecy before he lets them try the gobstopper. Also there is an enemy who is out to find the secret formula and bribes each of the winners to steal the recipe, he represents what would happen if the secret was in the wrong hands. You then find the Geese that lay golden eggs, and the spoiled greedy child demands that she have a golden goose but Wonka tells them they are not for sell. She then goes on to sing the "I want it NOW" song, which is hinting at the fact that the secret formula will only be found by the patient and diligent one who searches for the truth, not the one who wants to be given everything.