Study Guide

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chapter 5

By Roald Dahl

Chapter 5

The Golden Tickets

  • Needless to say, this is pretty exciting news, and Grandpa Joes asks Mr. Bucket to read what it says in the newspaper.
  • We get the article word for word, written as a note from Willy Wonka. It says that he has decided to allow five children into his factory this year. They will see the whole factory and go home with a lifetime supply of chocolate. This is the real deal.
  • He says that in order to be one of the lucky five, you have to find a Golden Ticket inside a Wonka candy bar. They could be anywhere in the entire world.
  • The whole family has different reactions to this: Grandpa Joe thinks it's a brilliant marketing strategy (he was apparently paying attention in his Economics class); Grandma Josephine feels queasy thinking about all that chocolate. The others are pretty much in shock.
  • Grandpa Joe mentions to Charlie how wonderful it would be to find a golden ticket, but Charlie reminds him that he only gets one bar a year so there's no way he'll win.
  • Although Grandma Georgina thinks he has just as good a chance as anyone else, Grandpa George is a little more rational: he says that the kids who have more money will get more chocolate and they'll be the ones to find the tickets.