Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ has captured the imagination of children and adults for more than 50 years. In this lesson, we’ll find out more about the chocolate factory with its wonderfully named candies and memorable characters.
Five Golden Tickets
While everyone loves a good Oompa Loompa song, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is, above all, a story that teaches a valuable lesson: Good things come to those who are good. The story is about a boy named Charlie Bucket who’s so poor he has to eat cabbage soup every day.Luckily for Charlie, Willy Wonka, the owner of a chocolate factory, announces that five Golden Tickets have been hidden inside his chocolate bars all over the world. The five children to find the tickets will get to go inside Mr. Wonka’s mysterious factory, which makes goodies including the Scrumdiddlyumptious Bar, Everlasting Gobstoppers, and Lickable Wallpaper.
Charlie miraculously finds one of these tickets and joins four other children on this once-in-a-lifetime tour. The other children turn out to be very naughty and run into trouble during the tour, leaving only Charlie left by the end. Because Charlie had proved to be good and caring, Mr. Wonka surprised him by giving him the factory.
Wonka’s chocolate factory is fantastic beyond belief, it’s the characters that make this story so memorable. Each child has a defining physical trait, the way the character looks, and a character trait, a part of her or his personality, that drives the story to its awesome ending. Each character also has his or her own character flaw; a weakness that is tested in the story. It is these tests that show us the rewards that come from good behavior. Let’s take a look at each main character.Our protagonist, Charlie, comes from a very poor family. He is kind, curious, and fascinated by everything in Mr.
Wonka’s factory. He puts others before himself and is careful to heed all of Mr. Wonka’s instructions.
In the end, he’s the only child who doesn’t get into trouble. Although on the outside he appears small and weak, on the inside he is a strong and moral character, meaning he believes in doing what is right.Willy Wonka is the owner of the chocolate factory. He looks a bit wild with his bright suit, hat, and goatee. He also has a personality that’s as energetic and whimsical as he looks.
In addition, he appears clever, as you’re never sure if what happens to the children are accidents or traps set by Mr. Wonka.Augustus Gloop is fat and a glutton, meaning he eats excessively. Every day, he eats mountains of chocolate and candy. This character flaw causes him to fall into the chocolate river, which he was told not to touch.Veruca Salt is rich and incredibly spoiled.
Her father buys her everything she wants. Because of her greedy and spoiled nature, she is labeled a ‘bad nut’ and ends up in the trash.Violet Beauregarde is always talking. She is a very competitive, non-stop gum chewer. In the end, her love for gum causes her to disobey Mr. Wonka and become a blueberry!Mike TV’s name says it all: he loves TV and puts it before everything. He even looks like a TV character.
His love for TV leads him to disobey Mr. Wonka and he winds up just a ‘tiny’ part of the story.
Let’s quickly review. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a timeless tale of how being good and doing right triumphs in the end.
While the tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory begins with five children, by the end, all but one child has received their so-called rewards for their bad behavior. Charlie, the only child with good morals in the story, is rewarded when Willy Wonka gives him the chocolate factory.