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Introduction/General information about the book

Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl

Date first edition: 1964

Genre: fantasy/humour

Setting

The story takes place at the time of the author, in the 20 th century. It is set in a great town, which can be real or
not (the citys name is not mentioned). In this town, there is the factory of a famous candy-making genius: Willy
Wonkas factory.

Characters

Main character: Charlie Bucket

Charlie Bucket is a little normal boy, whose family


is very poor . He lives in a small wooden house, and
can hardly ever eat a real meal. He is kind, brave,
generous, and particularly reasonable for a child of
his age. He is skinny, because of hunger.

Throughout the story, Charlie will become more self-confident, and will be more careless like a child , instead of
being reasonable like an adult.
Other characters:

Willy Wonka
He owns the chocolate factory. Everybody
says he is a genius, and he has created lots of
incredible new candies. He is eccentric and a
bit crazy.

Grandpa Joe

He is Charlies grandpa. He is very old, but


while visiting the factory he gets his strength
back , and becomes more cheerful, a bit like a
child. He is kind. He loves the factory and Willy
Wonkas inventions.

Augustus Gloop

Its the first child who found a golden


ticket. He is fat and greedy, he eats all the
time. With the amount of chocolates he
gulps down, who had a chance to find a
ticket if not him?

Veruca Salt

A little girl spoiled by her rich parents,


who always gets what she wants. She
found a golden ticket by crying until her
parents find one for her.

Violette Beauregarde

Another founder of a golden ticket. A little rude


girl who chews gum all the day long, with the
same piece of gum each day for three months
(during the night, she sticks the piece of gum on
the end of her bedpost).
Mike Teavee

Another little boy who found a golden


ticket. His only passions are toy guns ,
movies about gangsters, and watching TV,
watching TV, watching TV!

Theme

In this story, the main theme is education. The author is praising the qualities of a kind, generous child, by comparing
him to rude and bad-educated children and their parents. He shows us why its the parents fault when the children
are like this, because they should have been taught to have a good behaviour. His lesson is that we should all be
careful to how we rise our children so that they dont become bad people.

It is also about rewards and justice ; the story of a poor family of brave, kind people, who finally get what they
deserve: a good life (this is of course not a lesson, because, unfortunately, this doesnt always happen in real life).

Plot

Charlie is a little boy who lives in a poor family. The father has to work hard to get to feed him, his wife, Charlie and
the four grandparents who stay in bed all the day long. Unfortunately, the factory where the father works has to
close, and the situation becomes worse: the family begins to starve.

In the town where the family lives, there is an enormous chocolate factory: it is Willy Wonkas one, who is a candy-
making genius, known all over the world. The factory has been closed to public for years, after Wonka discovered
spies in his staff. One day, there is a surprising new in the newspapers: the candy maker decides to finally open his
doors to public, but only for five people: he will randomly hide five golden tickets in five chocolate bars , and only the
lucky founders will be able to visit the factory , guided by Willy Wonka himself!

Everywhere, people are fighting to buy as much Wonka bars as possible, in the hope of finding a ticket. The first four
tickets are found by awful and bad-educated children. Charlie would really like to find one in the candy bar he gets
once a year, for his birthday, but it doesnt happen. Some days later, as he walks in the street, all hopes lost, he finds
some money on the floor. He runs to buy himself a wonka bar, because hes hungry to death, and how big is his joy
when he discovers the last golden ticket inside! He decides to go to the visit with his Grandpa Joe.

The big days arrives. The five children and their parents -or grandpa- enter the factory and meet Willy Wonka. They
start the visit and find out incredible secrets in each different room they go in. But the other children arent
respectful. They dont follow Wonkas instructions and dont listen to their parents; or, their parents are as rude as
them. Because of this, they cause accidents and have to stop the visit one after one until there is only Charlie left!

When all the other children have left, Willy Wonka tells Charlie and his grandpa the real reason of this visit: he starts
to become old, and he invented the contest with the tickets to find a child to whom he will tell all his secrets, so that
the latter can run the factory after him. And the winner is Charlie! When Wonka will die, Charlie will inherit the
factory. Charlie and Grandpa Joe cant believe their ears.

They decide to go to bring Charlies family in the factory , to tell them the good new and so that they live in it from
now on. They go into a great glasse elevator, and go out the factory by rising and going through the roof! The
elevator flies in the air to Charlies little wooden house and lanf by making (again) a hole in the roof. They push the
rest of the family,who is completely stunned, in the elevator, and then

(SEE BOOK 2, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator)

Evaluation of the book

I think this book was good, and I liked it, but its more for people who are between 8 and 10 years old. For people
who arent fluent in English, it is really easy to understand. Its funny and pleasant to read. Its not confusing at all,
its very well written.

I especially liked the crazy characters and the scatty atmosphere, a bit magic, that makes Roald Dahls books special.
I also liked the irony of some passages. I loved the description of the factory and of Willy Wonkas weird ideas, and I
admire the authors imagination.

I didnt like the sanctimonious side of the book, which only shows us characters who are all good, or all bad, but
maybe this is because its a book for children.

This story is, of course, hard to believe, because of the magic things that happen, and the fantastic side of the story;
even if after reading, you wonder if all these wonderful candies could be invented in real But the lesson the
authors wants to give us, what the book is really about (education), is clear; and the problem of rude children, but
also rude parents, is totally believable because we can see people like them every day. Around us, there are lots of
rude and unfriendly people, who are like that because of the bad education they got, or because their parents were
like that too.

I know Im talking too much about this education side, but now you can see what I mean when Im saying that it
takes a too big place in the story.

The reason I could read the story without getting bored, even if its for younger people, is because, first , the story is
good, but also because there were things that I didnt understand when I first read it, some years ago, and that I am
now able to understand. For example, all this moral about education.

Another disappointing point in this book, is that the working of the part in the factory is a bit predictable (all the
children leave until there is only Charlie left), and that the end , even if its surprising, is not as good as the rest of the
story; we are left a bit unsatisfied.

Thank you for reading! ;)

Chlo