Charlie Bucket

Charlie Bucket

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… in poverty. Charlie’s family never had very much money, but that didn’t prevent him from following his dreams.

Living… just down the street from the recently re-opened Wonka Chocolate Factory. Charlie has never once seen anyone enter or leave the factory. His grandfather likes to say “the only thing that comes out of that place, is the candy.”

Visiting… Willy Wonka’s mysterious factory. Charlie and four other children have been lucky enough to win a contest granting them a tour of the factory, led by the eccentric Mr. Wonka himself. The winner among the five will also receive some undisclosed grand prize, though nobody is quite sure how one “wins” – or what.

Interests… candy, like many children. Charlie, though, is not spoiled or gluttonous. Due to his family’s dire financial situation, he’s only allowed one piece of chocolate per year, on his birthday.

Relationship Status... single. Charlie is still a little too young to worry about dating. Though having special access to a chocolate factory won’t hurt his cause.

Challenge… winning the ultimate contest and making it to the end of the tour. The other children on Wonka’s wild and wondrous tour are having trouble following the rules. Charlie is the only one who seems to be making a good impression on Willy Wonka.

Personality… kind-hearted, curious, and wise beyond his years. Charlie is a shining star in a dark sea of spoiled children. He has never taken the pleasures of candy as a given, which makes him appreciate its wonders even more. As he puts it, “Candy doesn’t have to have a point. That’s why it’s candy!”


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