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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Poverty Quotes

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Quote #4

"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." (5.13)

Well gee, Grandpa George, that's a pretty sad outlook. Of course we find out later, this turns out to be mostly true – as long as you don't count Charlie's good luck in Chapter 11. But before that stroke of luck, life seems pretty unfair for our Charlie.

Quote #5

The excitement over the Golden Tickets had long since been forgotten. Nobody in the family gave a thought now to anything except the two vital problems of trying to keep warm and trying to get enough to eat. (10.4)

This might just be the saddest moment in the story. After two tries at getting a golden ticket, the Bucket family has all but given up hope. Think about the problems the other families in the story face. Are they worried about trying to keep warm? Do they have to try hard just to get enough to eat?

Quote #6

There is something about very cold weather that gives one an enormous appetite. Most of us find ourselves beginning to crave rich steaming stews and hot apple pies and all kinds of delicious warming dishes; and because we are all a great deal luckier than we realize, we usually get what we want – or near enough. (10.5)

If only the Gloops and the Salts and the Beauregardes and the Teavees could read this. Their kids might be a little less foolish, a little less greedy, and a little more like Charlie.

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