Study Guide

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Appearances

By Roald Dahl

Appearances

Chapter 6

And every day, Charlie Bucket grew thinner and thinner. His face became frighteningly white and pinched. The skin was drawn so tightly over the cheeks that you could see the shapes of the bones underneath. It seemed doubtful whether he could go on much longer like this without becoming dangerously ill. (6.14)

Check out this description of Charlie, and compare it to the description of Augustus that we got earlier in the chapter. Quite the contrast, right?

The picture showed a nine-year-old boy who was so enormously fat he looked as thought he had been blown up with a powerful pump. (6.1)

This describes, of course, Augustus Gloop. From the looks of him, he's quite the glutton. And we'll find out later that this turns out to be true.

Chapter 11

The man behind the counter looked fat and well fed. He had big lips and fat cheeks and a very fat neck. (11.3)

Here's another well-fed member of Charlie's community. It seems like everyone around him is better fed (read: fatter) than he is.

Chapter 12
Grandpa Joe

"You must start making preparations at once! Wash your face, comb your hair, scrub your hands, brush your teeth, blow your nose, cut your nails, polish your shoes, iron your shirt, and for heaven's sake, get all that mud off your pants! You must get ready, my boy! You must get ready for the biggest day of your life!" (12.23)

We have to admit – Charlie isn't exactly presentable these days. He's so skinny he looks like a skeleton, and we're willing to bet that his clothes and shoes are worn. But the least he can do is put his best foot forward and make himself look as sharp as possible. After all, it's not everyday that a boy gets to go to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

Chapter 13

"Charlie Bucket? He must be the skinny little shrimp standing next to the old fellow who looks like a skeleton." (13.23)

Just in case we haven't gotten the hint, our narrator shows us once again: Charlie's skinny, and so's his Grandpa. One thing we like about this quote is that it's proof that Charlie doesn't quite belong with these other kids. He sticks out like a sore thumb because he's so skinny, while the other kids are plump, well fed, and of course, spoiled.

Chapter 14

And what an extraordinary little man he was! (14.2)

Ah, our first sight of the famous Willy Wonka. And he's quite the strange man. In fact, we'll soon find out that just about everything in his factory is strange and, it goes without saying, extraordinary.

Covering his chin, there was a small, neat, pointed black beard – a goatee. And his eyes – his eyes were most marvelously bright. They seemed to be sparkling and twinkling at you all the time. The whole face, in fact, was alight with fun and laughter. (14.8)

Mr. Wonka's personality seems even more extraordinary than his outfit. As soon as we see that twinkle in his bright eyes, we know Charlie and Grandpa Joe are in for some fun adventures.

He had a black top hat on his head.
He wore a tail coat made of a beautiful plum-colored velvet.
His trousers were bottle green.
His gloves were pearly gray. (14.3-6)

Check out the outfit. Sounds pretty fancy to us. But why is Mr. Wonka dressed so strangely? Is this what makes him extraordinary? Or is it something else?

Chapter 15
The Oompa-Loompas

"Aren't they <em>fantastic</em>!"
"No higher than my knee!"
"Look at their funny long hair!"
The tiny men – they were no larger than medium-sized dolls – had stopped what they were
doing, and now they were staring back across the river at the visitors. (15.27-30)

Here's our first glimpse at the Oompa-Loompas, and it's quite the glimpse. Their appearance is odd, to say the least. So here's a question: why is everything in this chocolate factory so strange looking?

Chapter 21

But there was no saving her now. Her body was swelling up and changing shape at such a rate that within a minute it had turned into nothing less than an enormous round blue ball – a gigantic blueberry, in fact – and all that remained of Violet Beauregarde herself was a tiny pair of legs and a tiny pair of arms sticking out of the great round fruit and little head on top. (21.44)

Violet, like the other non-Charlie children in the story, undergoes a major change in her appearance. Shocking, even. Take a look at those other changes, too, in Chapter 29.