When reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I felt relaxed and got a lot of pleasure. This story is not only interesting and imaginative but also reflecting. Since we read for pleasure and understanding, I think this book is suitable for giving teenagers both of them.
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. Dahl rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century.” In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humor. Some of his notable works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George's Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches and The BFG.
Bucket was a kind boy who lived in poverty. He loved chocolate very much but he could only get one chocolate bar on his birthday every year. Willy Wonka is the owner of the biggest chocolate factory in the world; however, no one had seen him for fifteen years. One day, Willy Wonka announced that there are five golden tickets in the chocolate bars around the world. Children who got the golden tickets could visit his factory. In the adventure of visiting the chocolate factory, four children dropped out one by one due to their vices. Eventually, hoping that Charlie could inherit this factory, Willy Wonka gave his chocolate factory to Charlie Bucket.
Although the main setting of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a magical confectionery, it begins in a contemporary industrial area known simply as “a great town.” Because Dahl never mentions the city's name or location, he gives a sense of universality to the story. It could be taking place in practically any large city in England or America. The city, however, has one distinguishing characteristic: it is the home of Wonka's factory.
Charlie Bucket: the main character of the novel.
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.
Willy Wonka: the owner of the Wonka chocolate factory.
Jeremy Lin's Story a Blueprint for Why You Should Never Give Up on a Dream
By Michael Moraitis(Featured Columnist) on May 24, 2012
In the history of sports, winning and talent normally transcend race, but the same hasn’t held true for Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks.
His meteoric rise to fame didn’t come easy and Lin had to earn every opportunity he could get because they were few and far between.
Lin doesn’t look like the majority of players in the NBA.
When most people think of an NBA player, they stereotype them as either African-American or Caucasian with an instance of a Hispanic player here and there.
But “Linsanity” wasn’t only the first case of a Chinese- or Taiwanese-American dominating an NBA floor, it was the first case of a Chinese- or Taiwanese-American stepping onto an NBA floor period.
The most telling evidence of a double standard resulting in Lin’s race first began with his attempts to get into a college to play basketball. Even though he was one of the best high school players in the state of California, Lin wasn’t offered a single scholarship from any Division I team in the NCAA.
Even Lin himself believes his race played a role.
“I'm not saying top-5 (basketball player in) state automatically gets you offers, but I do think (my ethnicity) did affect the way coaches recruited me,” Lin said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2008. “I think if I were a different race, I would've been treated differently.”
In college, Lin put up an impressive resume with Harvard, but didn’t nearly get the respect he deserved.
I know it’s often that a college player’s school and division can be held against their draft stock, but you would think scoring 1,483 points, 487 rebounds, 406 assists and 225 steals would at least get you drafted in one of the NBA draft’s two rounds.
Undrafted, Lin finally got his chance when he signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2010. He barely got on the floor and averaged less than three points per game. He was later released without even a second thought, again despite a resume that showed talent in his past.
The Houston Rockets were the next team to take a chance. However, he never played a single game for them and Lin was released before the start of this season.
Then, it was fate that brought Lin to New York.
Not only were the Knicks battling injury in the beginning of the season, they were in a desperate search for a point guard to fill the void left by Baron Davis and his injured back. Nobody in-house could get the job done and Lin was the next man to get a try.
Lin would finally get his opportunit