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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Essays on Bridge of Terabithia

In most novels involving children, the endings are clear-cut happy endings with the children learning a valuable life lesson in the process of their adventures.  An exception to this is Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia.  Though the valuable life lesson is still present in the story, its acquisition comes at a terrible price, effectively breaking the myth that life will always work out happily.

Jess Aarons is a young boy of eleven whose family is not always the nicest to him.  He is the outcast at school until he meets another outcast that just moved to the area.  He encounters Leslie Burke one day while they were having a race at recess.  She ends up winning the race against all boys and that begins a new friendship between the two kids.

Leslie and Jess quickly become friends and after school one day, they find an abandoned area behind their homes that can only be reached by swinging on a rope over a water-filled creek.  They name the area Terabithia and that becomes their kingdom.  Their imagination takes flight and they begin to see magnificent creatures that help them overcome bullies and other bad things in their life.

Jess, however, has a crush on his music teacher and decides to go to the museum with her one day as a field trip.  He forgets to tell Leslie that he is going, even though they had plans.  When he returns home, he finds out that something terrible has happened to Leslie.  Jess falls deep into the pain and anguish that accompany such a loss, reverting much to his old self, yet in the end, he pulls out of it and names his little sister the new Queen of Terabithia and builds her a bridge to allow her to get there safely.

  • The loss of his friend Leslie sets Jess on a path of self-condemnation, blaming himself for not being there for her.  The use of this tragic event can be compared to the great tragedies of the Greek authors two thousand years ago.  Explain how this is so and offer comparative examples to demonstrate this concept.
  • Bridge to Terabithia also addresses many of the social issues that children today face as they are growing up.  In much the same manner, other children develop “invisible friends” or develop entire fantasies as an escape from their troubles.  Compare and contrast the events of Bridge to Terabithia with the events in the Novel Mazes and Monsters by Rona Jaffe.  What similarities, if any, are there?  What are the differences?

Bridge to Terabithia is a difficult book to read.  The tragic death of any child is heart breaking for all but the most cynical in our society.  Yet it is also fitting that much of the story is tied to the education of the children.  And just as Jess, Leslie and May Bell do, students today face many challenges that seem far beyond their abilities.  At times, even a relatively simple thing like a writing assignment can seem impossible to complete, given the enormous burdens of other class assignments.  This is where companies like ours come in.  Or team of dedicated writers is ready at a moment’s notice to offer their talent to your difficult writing assignment.  All we need is your order and in less time that you might imagine, your problem will be solved.

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