Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by: Roald Dahl

Chapters 5 and 6

While recounting the negative aspects of Augustus’s and Veruca’s characters, Charlie’s grandparents weigh in on how to raise children. They frequently disparage both children and their parents. In the case of Veruca, they even go so far as to suggest how her parents ought to parent her. Charlie is a much gentler critic. Therefore, when he criticizes Mr. Salt for unfairly securing his daughter’s ticket, his criticism holds far more weight. In doing so, Charlie both incriminates adults like Mr. Salt and further secures the reader’s sympathy.