Veruca Salt is a character from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is the second Golden Ticket winner (also she does not actually find it herself), and the third child to meet her endgame in the factory.
Veruca is depicted as is an immature, over-indulged and manipulative young girl. She has very rich parents and lives in a mansion. Veruca's affluent parents treat her like a princess and give her anything she wants, no matter how ridiculous the price. She is also shown to express no gratitude at all for what she is given.
In the book, she is described as "the daughter of rich parents" and the "heiress to the Salt fortune." Her father is the CEO of a large legume conglomerate, while her mother is said to be a geography teacher. (Mrs. Teavee in the 1971 film and musical, Mr. Teavee in the 2005 film, Mrs. Beauregarde in the play); all four people ask about the existence of Loompaland). She is the 2nd Golden Ticket Finder.
Due to her spoiledness, Veruca has no regard for her parents' fortune and has been lead to a belief that makes her take everything for granted. During the Oompa Loompas’ song, especially in the 1971 version, they make it clear that the blame does not fall on Veruca and that her attitude is due to bad parenting. This leads her father to rethink his parenting tactics, and by the time they leave the factory he puts his foot down and refuses to get her a Great Glass Elevator, even if she wants it.
In the original 1971 ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ portrayed by Julie Dawn Cole, Veruca is a young preteen girl with chest-length wavy brown auburn hair which is let l’ose, vivid sapphire blue eyes and fair skin. For most of the movie, Veruca wears a long-sleeved red button-up mini dress of black buttons on the bodice, a Peter Pan white collar, a black broad band around the waist, and white fold-up cuffs with lace lining, white long leggings and black patent leather instep feet strap dress shoes. When she receives the golden ticket, she wears a brilliant yellow long-sleeved shirt, a golden-bronze necklace with a golden-bronze sphere charm on it, a deep red knee-length pencil skirt, luminous vivid gold knee-high socks and same shoes.
In the 2005 remake ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ portrayed by Julia Winter, Veruca is a beautiful young preteen girl with creamy-pale skin, wavy dark chest-length dark chocolate brown hair and light cornflower blue eyes. (In various scenes for hairstyles) For most of the movie, she wears a gray long-sleeved mink coat, a shimmery light pink button-up knee-length dress with a light pink leather belt around her waist, white tights with tiny pink dots, black double strap Mary Jane shoes, and a light pink purse with a light pink strap over her left shoulder. The flanks of her hair is pulled back into a back in a half ponytail, with The end of is styled with shoulder-length soft, heavy ringlets. When receipting the GT, she wears a long-sleeved strong blue blazer over a white collared, button up flannel top with a strong red necktie attached to the collar, beige leggings, white ankle-length socks, and black patent leather casual shoes with black soles. Her hair is tied in a low ponytail. In another scene, she wears a white collared blouse with short puffed sleeves, a bow with maroon red, white and festive red squares attached to the collar, a knee-high plaid jumper dress in bright red, maroon red, and festive red stripes with a dark red skirt, white tights and black patent leather Mary Janes with black soles. Her hair is let loose held place by a headband with maroon red, white and festive red squares.
In the 2013 musical, Veruca is a young preteen girl with fair skin straight shoulder-length blonde hair with straight bangs held place by a fuchsia headband and deep sky blue eyes. She wears a baby pink and white ballet tutu and white tights, with peach leather point shoes with diamonds and peach santon laces wrapped around her ankles. She has a fuchsia ballet sweater that she wears over her tutu, and a diamond necklace. In the factory, she wears white gloves and pink mink coat.
In the 2017 live show portrayed by Emma Pfaeffle, Veruca is a beautiful young preteen girl with fair skin, wavy and curly chest-length light brown hair with the flanks tied back in a half ponytail and sapphire blue eyes. She wears a white santin bow with a black-and-white striped underside, a white silk knee-high dress with a white stripe on the edge over the dress skirt, short, wide, puffed sleeves, a white band around the waist, white ruffles on the bodice and sleeves, beige tights and white patent leather Mary Jane shoes.
In the 2017 live show portrayed by Jessica Cohen, Veruca is a teenage girl(instead of her usual age ‘10–12’) with fair skin, wavy chest-length blonde hair and light blue eyes. She wears a light pink headband with a bow on it, a gold necklace with a charm, a white blouse with a thick white fur neckline, long sleeves puffed at the shoulders, a light pink knee-high pencil skirt with a thick deeper pink band with a giant bow on it, white tights and light pink high heel boots.
Veruca was born to Mr. and Mrs. Salt at an unknown time in England. Coming from a wealthy family, she was constantly spoiled and began to have the thinking that she could get anything she wanted so long as she screamed for it, which made her parents pitiful of her. At some point, she had gotten two dogs, four cats, six bunny rabbits, two parakeets, three canaries, a green parrot, a bowl of goldfish, a cage of white mice, and a hamster. Despite this, she was ungrateful and always expected more form her parents.
Finding the Golden Ticket
|“||'Where's my Golden Ticket! I want my Golden Ticket!' And she would lie for hours on the floor, kicking and yelling in the most disturbing way. Well, sir, I just hated to see my little girl feeling unhappy like that, so I vowed I would keep up the search until I'd got her what she wanted.||”|
–Veruca's father, telling the reporters about spoiling his child and the process of finding the Golden Ticket.
The day before Charlie Bucket's, the protagonist of the story, birthday, the newspapers had announced the finding of another golden ticket. The finder of it was Veruca. As soon as Veruca told her parents that she wanted a Golden Ticket, Mr. Salt had rushed to the stores and had hundreds of thousands of chocolate bars loaded into trucks to be sent into his peanut factory. Then, he made his workers unravel the wrappers until finally, after a lot of screaming and kicking from Veruca and the elbow grease of the workers, a Golden Ticket was found. Josephine, Charlie's paternal grandmother, commented that it was even worse than Augustus Gloop, the first finder of the Golden Ticket.
Entering Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory
Meeting Willy Wonka
On the first of February, Veruca and her family showed up outside the gates of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, like the others. Wonka shook Veruca's hand and told her that she had an interesting name, for he thought a veruca was wart that you got on the sole of your foot, but then he told her she looked lovely in her mink coat.
The Chocolate Room
Veruca and her family followed as Willy Wonka led them to the Chocolate Room. He explained that it was the nerve center of the whole factory, the heart of the whole business, and it was beautiful, for Wonka could not abide ugliness in factories. The Chocolate Room had green meadows on either side of the valley, and along the bottom there flowed a great brown river. There was also a tremendous waterfall halfway along the river, a steep cliff over which the water curled and rolled into a solid sheet. Then, Veruca noticed the Oompa Loompas, telling her father that she wanted an Oompa Loompa. However, her father soothingly told her that she would get it by the end of the day.
Down the Chocolate River
Veruca, along with the others, rode the pink boiled-sweet yacht down the Chocolate River. Along the way, she asked Wonka what he used whips for, to which he replied simply to whip cream.
- Both the 1971 and 2005 films do not mention what her mother's job is, although it is implied that the mother is a socialite, or taking advantage of her wealth to aid others in need. In the 1971 film, Mrs. Salt is shown doing needlepoint, which was a pastime for many women at the time the film was in production. However, in the 2005 film, she is shown markedly more as a playgirl. She makes no remark to either Veruca's outbursts or how her husband obliges their daughter. Instead, she was found quietly sipping martinis.
- The age of Veruca Salt is never explicitly given in the book nor the two films, but the theatrical adaptations can allow some creative leeway into the girl's age as ‘10’; similarly, her nationality is British in the films but is not stated in the book, again leading to creative leeway (see "theatrical adaptations" section below). The only mention of Veruca's residence in the book is that she and her parents lived "in a great city" far away from the Bucket residence.