At least, according to a popular fan theory making the rounds. For those unfamiliar, the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri wrote a poem entitled "Inferno." This epic tale takes our author literally into Hell, guided through all the 9 circles of punishment and damnation. Each level is designed to torture those who sin in a manner related to their sin.
Love eating too much? You'll eat till it hurts. Hate everything and everyone in your life? Enjoy physically fighting people until you can't anymore. Then, keep fighting.
Simple, but, familiar?
The following theory posits that The Chocolate Factory is in fact Hell and that Willy Wonka is your guide into the damnation that awaits the children who sin.
Check it out for yourself and see what you think.