Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Start Your Free Trial

What is the main conflict and resolution in the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"?

Expert Answers info

Llewellyn Kassulke eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write3,263 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

The main conflict rests on which of the five children will inherit Willy Wonka's fortune and chocolate factory. The resolution is not unexpected: Charlie Bucket, a boy from an impoverished family, wins Willy Wonka's contest to become the chocolate millionaire's heir.

At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Charlie Bucket and his family. Charlie's family consists of Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George, Mr. Bucket, and Mrs. Bucket. In Charlie's family, Mr. Bucket is the only one who has a job: he works as a toothpaste cap-screwer in a factory. As he doesn't earn very much, the whole family lives in poverty.

The story shifts to Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the town's chocolate factory. After a ten-year period of seclusion, Mr. Wonka suddenly announces that he will allow five children to tour his factory. The five children will be chosen by way of a special contest. Mr. Wonka announces that Five Golden Tickets will be hidden underneath the wrapping paper of five chocolate bars. The five children who find the tickets will get to tour his factory and be given enough confections and chocolates to last them a lifetime.

Charlie ends up being the last child to find a Golden Ticket. The other four children are Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teavee. Charlie's fellow competitors are flawed in various ways. Augustus is a glutton, Veruca is a spoilt brat, Violet is a self-absorbed egotist, and Mike is an obsessed TV fan. 

Charlie is accompanied by his Grandpa Joe to the Wonka factory. One by one, Charlie's fellow competitors are eliminated from the contest. Augustus falls into the chocolate river after drinking from it against Mr. Wonka's advice. He becomes lodged in one of the underwater pipes.

Meanwhile, Violet rudely ignores Mr. Wonka's advice not to taste a super gum he has just created. Accordingly, the gum represents a three-course meal consisting of tomato soup, blueberry pie, and roast beef. Violet, an obsessed gum fan, seizes on the experimental creation and chews on it. She is then changed into a giant blueberry and eventually juiced by the Oompa-Loompas in the Juicing...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 761 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Dayna Watsica eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write4,795 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial