Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by: Roald Dahl

Suggested Essay Topics

What do the Oompa-Loompas’ songs tell us about how children should be raised?

What qualities does Charlie have that make him the hero of this story? What do those qualities say about Roald Dahl’s opinions of children?

Why could Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike never win the chocolate factory?

How might modern readers criticize Mr. Wonka’s treatment of the Oompa-Loompas and the naughty children?

How does Charlie and Chocolate Factory speak to the phrase “Good things come to those who wait”? What about “Good things come in small packages”?

Describe Mr. Wonka’s character. Is he a good and caring person, or a selfish and aloof one?