Charlie and the Chocolate Factory short summary & analysis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Analysis

The most important meaning that I can deduce at the end of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; as I mentioned at the beginning, there is always a reward or punishment for our actions in this world. In the book, the other children except Charlie had everything they wanted and thought they could buy everything with their money. Yet there were so many things that could not be bought with money like a great character. But Charlie had already a unique and exemplary character.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Short Summary

There is a common idiom: as people sow, so shall they reap later. Just like Charlie Bucket.

Charlie Bucket was a boy living in a hut, which only has two small rooms, with his two grandfathers, two grandmothers, and his parents. They were very poor. As a matter of fact, we are talking about a large family who cannot ask for seconds.

But Charlie was a child after all; he loved chocolate like every other child. But he could only get one chocolate bar once a year on his birthdays because his family couldn't afford to buy more. So every time he got his chocolate, Charlie would eat it bit by bit for a month until it completely finished. It was a pity that such a good and decent boy like him was deprived of everything he liked.

Every night Charlie would go to his grandparents' room and listen to their night stories, and one night he asked to hear the story of Mr. Willy Wonka, the owner of the Chocolate Factory that’s right in their neighborhood. It was a worldwide known factory because Mr. Willy Wonka was producing the world's most amazing and delicious chocolates. Apart from the great flavor of the chocolates, Mr. Wonka also had some extraordinary miracles about his products. For example, he made ice cream with hot chocolate which can be eaten in winter.

Charlie had a strong interest in the factory and Mr. Willy Wonka's skills. And he had learned a lot about Mr. Wonka from his grandfathers. He also learned that the Factory was working, but no one had come in or out of the factory for ten years.

Mr. Willy Wonka was known for his famous chocolates. Everyone admired his chocolates so much that one day Prince Pondicherry asked him to make a chocolate palace for him. It was such a palace that even its taps were made of chocolate. But it was also known by everyone that the chocolate palace had no chance against the sun, and one day it suddenly melted into a lake of chocolate.

Mr. Willy Wonka has very formidable rivals. These rivals had tried to send spies to Mr. Willy Wonka's factory and reveal the secrets of his recipes and they became successful. After the revelation of his secrets and the damages his reputation got, Mr. Willy Wonka closed the Chocolate Factory because he did not want to work for these ungrateful and unrepentant people.

For a long time, the giant doors of the factory remained chained. Then one day suddenly the chimney of the factory began to smoke again. But the doors were still closed, and no one has been seen in or out. Although the town's people had no idea, Mr. Willy Wonka resumed the production of his famous chocolates, and he had not talked with anybody or said something to keep his new secrets from spreading.

After a quite long time, Mr. Willy Wonka gave an ad in the newspaper. The five of the chocolate he manufactured, were gilded, and he sent those five chocolates to different parts of the world, even he did not know where they were. And the five lucky children who had found those five gilded chocolates were invited to the Chocolate Factory where no one had ever walked, and after sharing his secrets, Mr. Wonka gave the children so many chocolates that they would be enough for their lifetime. There were also some more surprises waiting for them.

The first ticket was found by a fat boy named Augustus Gloop. The second ticket belonged to Veruca Salt, the third one was Violet Beauregarde's and Mike Teavee found the fourth ticket. The last ticket was found the day before the factory visit. Charlie Bucket was the last one to find that lucky ticket. But it wasn't easy to find.

All the children except Charlie were so rich that they had all the Wonka chocolates collected in their city. Yet Charlie tried his first chance on his birthday chocolate. But it wasn't the one. But one day Charlie, who was too poor to have a coat, found some money under snow. He wanted to take his chance once again and found the gilded chocolate on his third try. Everyone was in shock and his family was very proud of him.

When the big day arrived, when Charlie and four other children went on the tour of the factory where the world's most spectacular chocolates were produced, all other children were eliminated one by one because of their arrogance, disobedience and sauciness, and only Charlie and his grandfather Joe were left in the factory. And this is the proof that every good thing we do brings a reward. Charlie had not a special thing that the other kids didn't have, they were even had more opportunity than he had, but Mr. Willy Wonka chose to hand over the Chocolate Factory to Charlie. Actually, he had nothing to do with this; Charlie had won the factory himself. That trip was a great test. And Charlie was the only one who could pass the test.


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