Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)


Blurb from Goodreads:

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!




“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” 

This is one of my most favourite children’s reads. It is honestly heartwarming to reminisce the memories of reading this when I was a little kid. Now that I am an adult, I truly love every bits of the book. I remember how excited I was reading about Charlie and other kids visiting Willy Wonka’s factory. I love the movie even more, it feels like my imagination of the book truly comes into reality.

However, once you get older, you become more mature and understand more complicated issues. I tell you, this book is far darker that I expect. I go through the pages and chapters and I realise that this book exhibits very serious points that we have to ponder upon.

I warn you, if you haven’t read this book or watched the movies, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU!

Okay the first issue is, Charlie and his family are totally in the midst of HARDSHIP. His father, Mr, Bucket, is the only working person in the family. He owns little and he has to make food on the table for other six people. The house is dilapidated and worn out, thus it is very not suitable for all of them to stay in one. They starve during winter when it is the time when the body needs nourishment, to help them go through extreme weather change.

Is there any kind of department or welfare that can help these kind of people who are unable to find jobs? It hurts my heart seeing them like this. I feel sorry for Charlie to face such difficulties at a very young age.

Of course, as young kid reading this, you’ll sympathise on the characters so much.

Second, the Chocolate Factory is always closed to public and there are no government bodies that monitor the factory. Everyone buys Willy Wonka’s chocolate, the money goes inside the factory but it does not come out. Hence, the local economy worsen. People like Mr. Bucket is worst affected. The public does not receive the taxes paid by entrepreneur who earns billions of dollars. This setting is no stranger to the world. They are people who run away from paying taxes. Selfish people like this should rot in hell.

I know it is just a story, but these stuffs happen in the real world. Is the author trying to imply that it is okay to do it? I guess you have to answer it your own.

As a kid, I find it silly and fun reading about other kids’ tantrums and problems throughout their visit. I guess the main concern here is to always control your excitement and always oblige to orders. When something bad happens, there is no turning back anymore.

I love the scene when Charlie is offered to have the factory by Willy Wonka after the visit. It shows that Willy Wonka truly wants someone who can take care of his workers and factory. He knows that someone good and honest like Charlie is capable of doing that. Willy Wonka also accepts Charlie’s family warmheartedly. The story proves that hardships will end sometime, someday. People who earn and are deserving will be paid eventually.




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