What have I learnt from the blog?

Writing this blog was a lot more fun than I thought. I think this was a nice way to work with the book, and it seems like the rest of the class thinks the same. I feel that I have learned a lot more writing this blog, than only by reading the book.

This blog work made me think more critically about what I have read, and it gave me some ideas for what I will write in my report. By reading other blogs I got more inspiration about what I would write, and I also got some constructive comments from others that made me think more critical about what I had write.

welcomeIf you click on this photo(or this text), you can read the message from Willy Wonka that says he will open the gates into his marvelous chocolate factory.

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Themes

Good things come in small packages.

In this story, things are either good or bad, and Roald decided that the goodness came in small things. Charlie for example, he is small compared to the rest of the town. Mr. Wonka is also small, compared to the enormous chocolate factory, and of course, the chocolate bar is small too. All three is carrying much more weight than you might think. Insecure little Charlie, with a heart of gold, opens the chocolate and finds the golden ticket, and then he realizes just how powerful something small, like he himself, can be.

Punishment

“There are five children in this book:
Augustus Gloop, a greedy boy.
Veruca Salt, a girl who is spoiled by her parents.
Violet Beauregarde, a girl who chews gum all day long.
Mike Teavee, a boy who does nothing but watch television.
And Charlie Bucket, the hero.”

We can see that these children’s parents let the children decide for themselves, and Mr. Wonka made sure to punish the children for their behaviour.

Poverty and wealth

In this text can we see a huge different between poverty and wealth. Take Veruca for example, Veruca’s dad gives her everything she wants, and eventually she gets punished for her wealth and hopefully her parents stops to spoil her. Charlie is extremely poor, he has almost nothing to eat and he sleeps on the floor. The way he handles his poverty makes Charlie “the hero” in the book, and he get rewarded beyond his wildest dreams.

Sources:
http://www.sparknotes.com/

Point of view

Charlie and the chocolate factory is written in third person. We can see that, because the author uses he. It’s a limited point of view, because we can only read about Charlie’s feelings and thoughts. Alternatively, we can say that we are follow the perspective of one character.

Here are two examples from the book:

“He desperately wanted something more filling and satisfying than cabbage and cabbage soup. The one thing he longed for more than anything else was… CHOCOLATE”

“Twice a day, on his way to and from school, little Charlie Bucket had to walk right past the gates of the factory. And every time he went by, he would begin to walk very, very slowly, and he would hold his nose high in the air and take long deep sniffs of the gorgeous chocolatey smell all around him.”

A book analysis or a book report?

The last task in this project is writing a book report or a book analysis. If you write a book analysis you can get a top grade, but the analysis is a little harder than the book report.

I think I should write a book report. The book report is shorter and easier than the book analysis. In the book report, I can focus more on the contents, and maybe get a better result.

The book report includes:

  • A summary. What happens in the book?
  • A setting. Time and place.
  • An entry about the main character(s)
  • Your opinion about the book. Why did you like it/why not?

~ Kristin

Setting

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-4Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a fantasy novel, because of the mysterious chocolate factory and its fantastic machines. Also because of the Oompa Loompas, from Loompaland. They are very small and they don’t exists in the real world.

The story takes place in a town in England. I’m not sure of when the story takes place, but I think it is a mix between the past and the future. The town is not very modern. It doesn’t seems like they have so much technology and it seems quite black and white. But when they walk in to the chocolate factory it is almost like a new world. Everything is so modern, for example, everything inside is made of candy and the factory almost run itself.

~ Kristin

The first chapter

The first chapter is called Here Comes Charlie. This is a presentation of the Bucket family. Four very old people: the father and the mother of Mr. Bucket, their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, and the father and mother of Mrs. Bucket, their names are Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina. Then we are introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, and they have a small boy whose name is Charlie Bucket.

They all live together in a small wooden house on the edge of a great town. The house isn’t large enough for so many people. There is only two rooms in the house, and only one bed. The four grandparents shares the only bed in the house, and Mr. and Mrs. Bucket and little Charlie sleep on mattresses on the floor in the other room.

We also get to know that Charlie loves chocolate, but because of his family’s poor conditions, he only gets to taste chocolate once a year, on his birthday. Walking to school in the mornings, Charlie can see chocolate in the shop windows. That is pure torture for Charlie, but it is something worse than shop windows. In the town, actually within sight of the house where Charlie lives, there is an enormous chocolate factory!

~ Kristin

My choice of book

6310I chose to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because I have heard of it before. I also chose this book because I have seen the movie and I think the movie was good, therefore I wanted to know if the book was better than the movie.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book written by Roald Dahl in 1964. The book is about Charlie Bucket’s wonderful adventure in Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.

~ Kristin