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Candy doesn't have to have a point. That's why it's candy.

–CHARLIE TO MIKE TEAVEE IN THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR, THE 2005 FILM

Charlie Bucket is the protagonist of the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

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Charlie Bucket

He was also the star of the 1971 film adaptation and 2005 film adaptation.

Character[]

Book[]

His family cannot afford anything other than bread, potatoes and watery cabbage soup, resulting in Charlie being malnourished and suffering from hunger pains. As a result, Charlie enjoys chocolate, but can only afford to buy one chocolate bar a year for his birthday. However, he had a tradition of not eating it immediately; instead, he would put it in a box and stare at it, and nibble on it gradually every day, making the bar last longer than a month. After his father loses his job at a toothpaste factory, the situation becomes dire as the family begins to starve, and his family becomes concerned when Charlie begins to have a skeleton-like frame, pale skin and bony cheeks.

However, his luck changes when he finds money in the snow, and he buys a Wonka Bar containing a Golden Ticket.

Film[]

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory[]

To be written

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[]

To be written

Personality and Traits[]

Charlie is most sensible of the five kids in the factory. This is seen by the fact that he does not chew gum nonstop to make some pointless record. He enjoys chocolate but knows when he is satisfied. He is kind, sweet, patient, and very intrigued by Willy Wonka. He is also generous with his friends.

However, he is not perfect either, as he is said to not be exceptionally smart. He is, understandably considered his living situation, envious of other children who can afford chocolate. In the film, he also gives into Grandpa Joe tempting him to take some of the fizzy lifting drinks.

Differences[]

In the original book, Charlie wins the prize of the factory because all the other kids have eliminated themselves because of their greedy and/or foolish behavior, and also because Mr. Wonka liked him the best. In the 1971 movie Charlie won because he passed the morality test in returning the everlasting gobstopper to Wonka instead of giving it to Slugworth; logically Wonka would have used the morality test on the other remaining children (Hence his warning in the invention room- Veruca would have given the sample away and Mike Teavee discussed with his mother what secrets they could sell to Slugworth) if they hadn't eliminated themselves from the tour. Thus, even if Charlie and Grandpa Joe hadn't sampled the fizzy lifting drinks, the ending would still be the same. With Wonka pretending to be angry and refusing to give them the grand prize, Veruca and Mike would have stormed out ready to sell their gobstoppers and Charlie would have returned his to Wonka. In the 2005 movie Charlie won but had to leave his family behind to go with Wonka so he refused. After he helped Wonka reconcile with his father Dr. Wilbur Wonka, who knew of his son’s successful career, Wonka repeated his offer to Charlie, which he accepted under the condition that his family move into the factory with him. Wonka accepted the condition.

Potential endgame[]

Although Charlie does not have a final in the book or in the film of 2005, he approaches one in the 1971 film, in the theater versions and in the first draft of the book called "Charlie's Chocolate Boy". In "Charlie's Chocolate Boy", he is cashed in a Chocolate Boy Mold and taken to Mr. Wonka's house as a gift for Charlie II Wonka, Willy's son. It comes out of this being a witness to a burglary and helping to catch the scammers. As a reward, Mr. Wonka offers him his sweets shop, called "Charlie's Chocolate Shop". In the 1971 film (and numerous theatrical versions) when he and Grandpa Joe drinks the Fizzy Lifting Drink they started to float. But when they reach the ceiling, they are almost killed by a giant fan and a killer piano, and they are saved when they burp. Wonka initially seems unaware but eventually finds out and tells them that they do not get any prize because Charlie violated the contract. Charlie nevertheless returns a gobstopper that Wonka informs him that he has actually won, but the prize has not been a lifetime supply of chocolate, but the same chocolate factory. Wonka reveals it to an employee who acts to see which child would give the bait to steal the gobstopper as a sort of moral test. Charlie Bucket is the boy who deserved the ticket most of all.

Known Family Members[]

Other acquaintances/Enemies[]

Trivia[]

  • When Roald was envisioning the book, Charlie was originally envisioned as being black instead of white. However, Dahl's agent told him it would be a bad idea.

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Characters

Augustus Gloop · Veruca Salt · Charlie Bucket · Willy Wonka · Grandpa Joe · Grandma Josephine · Grandpa George · Grandma Georgina · Hellen Bucket · Mr. Bucket · Angina Salt · Rupert Salt · Mrs. Gloop · Mr. Gloop · Violet Beauregarde · Scarlett Beauregarde · Sam Beauregarde · Mike Teavee · Norman Teavee · Mrs. Teavee · Reporters · Oompa Loompas

Locations in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

Glass Elevator · Willy Wonka's yacht · Chocolate Room · Marshmallow Room · Factory Gates · Fudge Room · Chocolate River · Storeroom Number 54 · Cream Room · Whip Room · Bean Room · Inventing Room · Gum Machine · Edible Marshmallow Pillows Room · Lickable Wallpaper Room · Hot Ice Creams Room · Cows that give Chocolate Milk Room · Fizzy Lifting Drink · Square Candies that look round Room · Nut Room · Television Room

Franchises

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory · Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 video game) · Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical · Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1985 video game) · Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) · Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (film)

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