this is a story about a boy named charliewho lives with his parents and grandparents in a tiny shack in the outskirts of the city.the family is poor, as charlie’s father works as a toothpaste capper, and they eat verymeager meals. in the newspaper, mr. willy wonka, owner ofa successful candy company, has announced a contest in which five golden tickets havebeen placed in wonka candy bars. the five children who find the golden tickets willbe allowed to enter the chocolate factory and will win a lifetime supply of candy. charlie is excited about the news, but thenrealizes that because his family is poor and can’t afford to buy candy, he will most likelynot win.
soon, the newspaper reports that tickets arebeing discovered by various children. charlie tries to win by opening two chocolate bars,but finds no ticket. weeks go by and the family has seemingly forgottenabout the golden tickets as charlie’s father has lost his job. starving, charlie walksoutside and finds a dollar on the street. he goes into the candy shop and buys two candybars. miraculously, he finds a golden ticket. charlie’s family is excited about the discoveryand grandpa joe agrees to accompany charlie to the chocolate factory the next day. the long-locked gates of the wonka factoryare opened and the five children and their families are greeted by wonka, a exuberantfellow with flare and wit.
wonka shows them around his chocolate factory,introducing them to all of his candy inventions. he also introduces the group to the oompa-loompas,a small race of people who love chocolate and work in the factory. as the tour goes on, however, all of the childrenexcept charlie misbehave and get taken away. in the end, wonka explains that the goldenticket contest was his way to find someone who could inherit the factory. charlie acceptsand his entire family moves in. first, this story highlights poverty. as readers,especially young readers, the concept of poverty may not be fully understood. the term "poor"is often used loosely as in "i’m so poor that i can’t buy that toy". but this story betterdefines the term by portraying a family that
better reflects the actual definition of theword. charlie’s family is destitute. living in atwo-room shack, they are getting by with one paycheck to feed seven people, eating breadand cabbage stew for each meal. more importantly, though, destitution doesnot come to define charlie. yes, it limits him from buying a large amount of candy bars,but he still is a smart and hardworking individual with good character. in contrast, there are the other golden ticketwinners. collectively, the children represent the different types of misbehavior that childrenoften engage in. there is the overeater, spoiled brat, gum-chewing competitive kid, and tvwatcher. each of these characters are over-exaggerated
to a satirical level in hopes that childrencan understand that these behaviors are unacceptable. but the children aren’t the only ones responsiblefor their bad behavior. it’s the parents. wonka invites two parents to accompany eachgolden ticket winner not just for supervisory reasons, but so that we can see where thesechildren learned their bad behavior. they had to learn it from somewhere and these parentsare enablers, doing nothing to stop it. and so even though the contents of this storymay be for children, there is a sprinkle of meaning in it for adults.