Genre of the book
The genre of the book could be described as children’s fantasy. This can be seen by the fact that the book has based its story on Charlie, a child who loved chocolate very much. Similarly, most children love chocolate very much. However, most children cannot have as much chocolate as they would want to eat. The book, therefore, aims to stimulate the minds of children to fantasize about the joy they would have if they were in a situation where they could have as much chocolate as they wanted.
Message of the book
The book is meant to encourage children to be disciplined and well behaved. This fact evidenced by analyzing how Charlie ended up earning the responsibility to run an entire chocolate factory as a result of his good behavior. All the other children who were with Charlie during a tour of the chocolate factory did not receive any reward but ended up being punished for their bad behavior. Therefore, the book tries to make children understand that there is a reward for good behavior and no reward for bad behavior.
Plot of the book
The main setting of the book revolves around a chocolate factory. Consequently the book’s main character is a child known as Charlie who loved chocolate very much. The book explains that Charlie could not eat as much chocolate as he would have wanted since he came from a poor family. However, at the end of the book, Charlie’s runs into some unexpected luck, that places him in a position where he wins the trust of an owner of a chocolate factory. As a result of behaving well while on a tour around the chocolate factory, Winka Wonka who was the owner of the factory informs Charlie that he would give him the responsibility of sustaining the operations of the chocolate factory thereby placing him in a position where he could eat as much chocolate as he wanted.
Main characters of the book
The main characters in the book are Charlie and four children who were with him during the tour around the factory. The names of these children were Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee. Mr.Willy Wonka, the owner of the chocolate factory, also plays a significant role in the book. In my opinion, I was impressed and moved by Mr.Willy Wonka. This is because he used a wise way to select the child he would entrust with the responsibility to continue running his factory.
Setting of the book
The main setting of the book is a chocolate factory. The story was written in the year 1964 by Roald Dahl at a time where being poor but honest, was honorable and likeable. The story’s geographical setting is in England and it focuses lives and desires of children who come from a poor background. The atmosphere of the story was touching since it portrayed the plight of people living in conditions of extreme poverty. Anyone who reads the story cannot help but feel sorry for Charlie’s family because of the difficult life they experienced as a result of poverty.
Opinion on the book
I was impressed by the book. This because it was able to combine aspects such as poverty, child fantasy and the theme of poverty to teach children that it pays to be well behaved and disciplined.
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Buckinghamshire England: Alfred A. Knopf , 1964.