Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quotes and Analysis

"The kids who are going to find the Golden Tickets are the ones who can afford to buy bars of chocolate every day. Our Charlie gets only one a year. There isn't a hope."

Grandpa George—Chapter 5, pg. 30

This quote foreshadows Charlie's stroke of good luck to come. Its placement as the last line of Chapter 5 makes it clear that something remarkable is going to happen to contradict it. It is a prime example of the theme that nothing is impossible; Grandpa George says that it is impossible for Charlie to find a ticket, but fitting with the course of the rest of the book, the impossible will happen. It is an inspirational message to readers that anything can happen with a dream.

"And who's she to criticize, anyway, because if you ask me, I'd say that her jaws are going up and down almost as much as mine are just from yelling at me every minute of the day."

Violet Bearegarde—Chapter 8, pg. 42

Though nearly everything Violet says a lot about how horrid she is, this particular quote also reveals the unacceptable dynamic between parent and child. Parents who discipline their children properly and raise them with sound values would not let their children say such a thing about them, particularly in a public interview. Roald Dahl uses these children's behavior to emphasize the importance of good parenting, and, conversely, to illustrate the way poor parenting can destroy a child.

"Charlie hadn't moved. He hadn't even unwrapped the Golden Ticket from around the candy bar. He was standing very still, holding i tightly with both hands while the crowd pushed and shouted all around him."

Narrator—Chapter 11, pg. 61

Rather than immediately celebrating upon finding the Golden Ticket, Charlie is in complete shock. He did not feel entitled to the Golden Ticket like the other children did; instead, he is utterly surprised that such a stroke of luck would befall a boy who has had hardly any luck in his entire life. This is precisely why Charlie deserves this more than any of the others; he truly appreciates it for what it is worth, and shows no traces of entitlement.

"And oh, how clever he looked! How quick and sharp and full of life!"

Narrator—Chapter 14, pg. 74

The free indirect discourse focalized through Charlie, with which the narrator describes the events of the story, implies that these exclamations reflect Charlie's observations of Mr. Wonka as he first emerges from the factory. The difference between how Charlie perceives Mr. Wonka and how the other children perceive him further sets Charlie apart from the rest of the competition. He sees Mr. Wonka for the genius he is, and truly admires him—as we see throughout the rest of the book, the other children and their parents think he is crazy, and do not respect him the way Charlie and Grandpa Joe do.

"I shouldn't like to lose any of you at this state in the proceedings!"

Willy Wonka—Chapter 14, pg. 77

This quote also foreshadows what is to come. Mr. Wonka places emphasis on the word 'this', indicating that he does plan to lose the children eventually, just not yet. This hints early on at his plan to weed them out until he has only one remaining, but Charlie, so caught up in the excitement of entering the factory and touring around, does not realize what Mr. Wonka is implying.

"Mr. Wonka himself had suddenly become even more excited than usual, and anyone could see that this was the room he loved best of all."

Narrator—Chapter 19, pg. 107

The Inventing Room is truly Mr. Wonka's pride and joy, as it is where he makes the impossible happen with his crazy and ingenious inventions. This is the place where his legacy is immortalized, since the Wonka name lives on with each new creation—in order to ensure that this legacy continues, he desperately needs an heir to keep dreaming and inventing. Charlie takes note of Wonka's enthusiasm the way no other child does, and he shares it. For this reason is many more, Charlie is the perfect person to take ownership of this incredible factory.

"For though she's spoiled, and dreadfully so, a girl can't spoil herself, you know."

Oompa-Loompas—Chapter 24, pg. 140

The song that the Oompa-Loompas sing about Veruca after she disappears down the garbage chute directly blames her parents for indulging her and spoiling her to the extent that they have. While Dahl makes it clear that all the parents have played a role in encouraging their children's bad behavior, this song makes it a point to blame the Salt parents more than any of the others. It is yet another reminder that parents play a huge role in the way their children turn out.

"I'll still be able to watch television!"

Mike Teavee—Chapter 27, pg. 159

After he has been turned small, Mike still does not show remorse for disobeying Mr. Wonka and sending himself by television. The only thing important to Mike is that he can continue to watch TV. He does not care how this will change his life and his parents' lives, as long as he can continue his horrendous habit. This shows that Mike has not truly learned his lesson, and that he and the other eliminated children have been corrupted beyond repair.

“Mind you, there are thousands of clever men who would give anything for the chance to come in and take over from me, but I don't want that sort of person. I don't want a grown-up person at all. A grown-up won't listen to me; he won't learn. He will try to do things his own way and not mine. So I have to have a child.”

Willy Wonka—Chapter 30, pg. 177

Mr. Wonka has just revealed to Charlie that he has won the ultimate prize: ownership of Wonka's factory. His refusal to pass along his pride and joy to anyone but a child emphasizes Dahl's message about the purity of children, so long as they have not been spoiled or corrupted by their parents. In many ways, Mr. Wonka is still a child himself: he is imaginative, energetic, fun, and most importantly, he believes in the impossible.

"Will there be anything to eat when we get there?"

Grandma Josephine—Chapter 30, pg. 181

Grandma Josephine's question at the very end of the story emphasizes just how important Charlie's winning the factory will be for this family. More than anything else, the Bucket family needs food. For Charlie's entire life, they have not had enough of this basic thing to sustain them. Despite all this, though, the Buckets have maintained their core family values, and are extremely deserving of the reward they have now been given. Good things do come to good people.