Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

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Describe the character Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Mike Teavee is basically a huge, ungrateful brat. When it is announced that he won the fourth ticket, visitors flock to his house to congratulate him. He is watching TV, of course, so he gets annoyed by all the noise. He yells, "Can't you fools see I'm watching television? I wish you wouldn't interrupt!" The nine year old was watching a movie where one group of gangsters was shooting another group of gangsters with machine guns. "Quiet!" he yelled, just because someone had tried to ask him a question"

Didn't I tell you not to interrupt? This show is an absolute whizbanger! I watch it every day! I watch all of them every day, even the rotten ones.

In the 1971 version of the book, Mike Teavee is obsessed with violent TV shows. In the 2013 version, video games are his obsession.

In all versions of the story, his obsession with the small screen proves to be detrimental to his health.

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