19 Jul 2009

Essays on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

One could spend an hour, easily, naming the titles of various books dealing with the hazards of children coming of age.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would most likely not be amongst them.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is more a lesson book on the virtues we all hope to instill in our children as they grow.  Though most do not have an expectation of as wonderful a prize as Charlie does when proven to be a virtuous child.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka decides to have a contest to see who will be the next owner of his chocolate factory.  Wonka decides to send out in his chocolate five golden tickets.  These tickets will decide who gets to come to his chocolate factory on the premise that they would win a prize they would never forget and all the chocolate for the rest of their lives.

The first prize was one by a big boy by the name of Augustus Gloop. The second ticket was found by a spoiled lil brat by the name of Veruca Salt.  The ticket was won by Violet Beauregarde who was a world champion gum chewer.  The fourth ticket was won by Mike Teavee, who only cares about television.  The final ticket was found by a poor boy by the name of Charlie Bucket.

Charlie is the hero of the story.  He is raised in a small home with only one bed.  His four grandparents stay in the bed when Charlie and his parents sleep on mattresses on the floor.  When Charlie wins the ticket by finding some money in the snow, he has to figure out who will go with him as his father has to look for work and his mother has to take care of the grandparents.  His grandfather Joe gets out of bed deciding he will go with Charlie the next morning and so it is settled.

As they arrive to the factory each child is weeded out due to greed or other personal vices.  Augustus falls into the chocolate river greedily trying to drink from it after being told not to.  Veruca ends up being tossed down the trash shoot, when she tries to capture a nut separating squirrel who finds her a bad, spoiled nut.  Violet ends up becoming a blueberry when she stubbornly refuses to spit out a faulty meal-gum piece.  Finally Mike is shrunken and carried out in his father’s pocket when he recklessly tries to be teleported via Wonka’s advanced television technology.

Charlie being the surviving child, being a selfless person and respecter of rules and authority and thus able to avoid the perils that confront those less virtuous, ends up winning the promised prize … the chocolate factory.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory supports the argument that leading a virtuous life, regardless of one’s economic or social lot, can and will lead to rewards in the person’s future.  Explain how the writer develops this concept and discuss the realism of such concepts.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been taken from novel to movie on two separate occasions.  The first was in 1971, starring Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka and the second was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.  Though neither movie follows the book perfectly, the consensus has been that the 2005 version was closer.

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