Only Archie, is arguably the most perverse - and perhaps least redeemable - of all the cruel boys at Trinity, refrains from physical activities and sports of any kind, and violence, when he sees it, sickens him. The story concerns a Catholic school for boys which embarks on a massive chocolate sale mainly controlled by Brother Leon, who uses what he calls school spirit to try and get the students to sell all 20,000 boxes. He believes there are the victims the victimized the hunters and the prey. But if humans have the courage to stand together with the aid of self-transcending strength and love perhaps good can win. Both being excellent depictions of the cruelty of adolescence. One has a vague sense that this story is happening towards the end of the Sixties, yet oddly, the boys never mention drugs or allude to the fact that kids are getting high all over the place. But as the pages were turned all too quickly, I find myself deeply engrossed, on the edge of my seat, clinging on to every word, anticipating each chapter with bated breath.
Though interesting topics in and of themselves, probably not the most vital or interesting topics to a classroom of middle schoolers. Ultimately this book is about: How evil pervades How pacifism is ultimately a violent act Martyrdom gets you nowhere How vicious children really are Writing a vicious book about viciousness that assaults the reader doesnt make the world a better place A neat little construct of macrocosm within the microcosm of a high school. The Chocolate War By Robert Cormier Main Characters Jerry Renault Stubborn Couragous A freshman The hero Main Characters Archie Costello Very clever The assigner for a secret school club Evil Always calm Main Characters Brother leon Suprising Amusing Cruel Tricky Minor Characters Obie-The secretary of the Vigils. Resolution The Goober agrees, but afterwards refuses to give any more help to the school, including not selling chocolates with Jerry, but having already sold twenty boxes, his defiant act goes unbothered. Since this school was exclusively for boys, they were constantly trying to prove their power over each other.
The novel takes on a richer meaning when examined through symbols. How i believe in karma! The book tells how one of the sides over powers the other to claim its spot on top. We also know that Jerry should not, under any circumstances, go to this thing. Do I dare disturb the universe? But, by continuing to refuse the chocolates he's also refusing both Leon's authority and the authority of The Vigils. A different teacher, Brother Jacques turns off the stadium lights and the crowd dissipates.
However, this book portrays women as nothing but sex-objects only briefly bringing women or girls into the picture for this purp I know this is considered important juv. He accepts the assignment and refuses to participate in the chocolate sale. This is the same method of fear, intimidation, and psychological manipulation the Vigils use to keep the student body in check. Not being told what the characters do, but allowing us to tell ourselves what we would not. Mmm, chocolate and cheese… tasty. Most of all I think of Jerry. Most of the events happen in a Catholic school.
Και βλέπουμε που οδηγεί η κατάχρηση εξουσίας, η δύναμη και η κακία. I know that most find this book pessimistic and dark, but I found it the opposite. I keep thinking that it's some big analogy for government and democracies or maybe the school is Russia and it's about communism. I would say that at least a contrast between those that have self-control and those that don't would have made it more realistic to me. For me, it brought up former high school stuff and current teacher stuff. He is a high school student and concerned with making the football team. Now I know why this book has been constantly attacked by censors and one of the most banned and challenged books in America.
Jerry's Vigil's assignment — refusing to sell chocolates for ten days — isn't extraordinary, and doesn't cause him any immense grief. They force someone else to take the risk. A book doesn't always have to have a happy ending, but my gosh, The Chocolate War did not give me even a little morsel to cheer on after i read it! He believes that people are essentially animals, and he treats them that way. In Robert Cormiers novel The Chocolate War, the character of Jerry Renault changes drastically from a rebel to a follower in the end. The plot was completely ridiculous. Both the chocolates and Jerry become a means of manipulating Trinity students and both are used to maintain the power of the teachers and the Vigils. The song totally makes us think of the novel's villainous Brother Leon, who tortures kids with his sarcasm, manipulation, and his teacher's pointer at every turn.
Not to give anything away, but this doesn't work out all that well for him. Archie chooses Jerry Renault for an assignment refusing to sell chocolates for ten days. This is all voluntary, of course. They set a plan in motion. The story's mood is suspenseful. In The Chocolate War, the climax takes place in the boxing ring constructed by Archie.
When Rollo, another student, finally follows Jerry's example and defies The Vigils, he exemplifies the exact kind of subversion The Vigils have hoped to quash. For someone who writes such dark stuff, it was shocking to meet someone who may have actually been Santa Claus! He takes pains to make the language timeless and transparent, with no self-consciousness on the part of the speakers or identifying quirks of speech. Archie, Emile and Brother Leon. George is innocent; Leon merely used him to prove a point. He now lives alone with his father.
Each morning at roll call Brother Leon becomes infuriated because Jerry is still refusing to sell chocolates. It is a book that boldly challenges us about the folly of conformity and peer pressure. The exposition of this novel occurs in the first chapter where the reader meets the main character. Jerry is dealing with the depression at home, and with the realization that most of the teachers and the students at his school are bad people. Not to boast, but for almost the past 15 years I've read more than a hundred books a year. Almost every character, when facing the daunting chocolate sale, the hypocrisy of the teachers, and the mob rule of The Vigils, considers that the world, or at least Trinity High School and all the people in it, are evil or wrong in some way.