Chocolate War Essays

  • Is It A Chocolate Sale...Or A Chocolate War..??

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    Is It A Chocolate Sale...Or A Chocolate War..?? Chocolate "sale" or.....chocolate "war"? Although you describe this novel as being mainly based on simply the chocolate sale, the correct answer is more like the war of the chocolate sale. Already from the opening page of this exclusive book, where quarterback Jerry Renault is clobbered by a relentless defense, The Chocolate War is relentless in its portrayal of the vicious, sometimes violent world of high school. Through Jerry Renault, Robert Cormier

  • The Chocolate War

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    The Chocolate War Many people often meet different characters in literature and in life that they admire or despise. They conclude if those characters are good or evil and at the same time they reflect on the choices and responsibilities that those characters have. From The Chocolate War I admire Roland Goubert or The Goober based on his actions. I despise Archie Costello (The Assigner of The Vigils) because of the choices that he made and also because of his actions. I admire Roland Goubert

  • Manipulation In The Chocolate War

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    Throughout the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier there are many different themes that happen during the story to progress the plot. But there are three main themes : manipulation, power, and choices. All of which are seen by a lot of the main characters. One main and important theme in The Chocolate War is manipulation. Through the whole book there are many instances where manipulation is used as a tactic for someone or a group of people to get what they want, even teachers. One part in the

  • The Chocolate War Summary

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    1. In the book The Chocolate War, the protagonist is Jerry Renault. The Vigils are a gang who bully other students at Trinity High School. In the beginning of the story he is given a challenge by The Vigils not to sell any boxes chocolate at the school's annual fundraising sale. This is shocking as Brother Leon, who is the chairperson of the sale, instructs The Vigils to assist with the sale. Jerry initially complies with The Vigils' challenge, and doesn't sell any chocolate. As the story progresses

  • The Chocolate War Essay

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    attributes" (Drucker). The novel The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is about these boys at a private school that are part of a secret group that is totally off the radar. Archie is the leader of this group and is not necessarily liked by everyone. He is pretty bossy and he has a sort of unorthodox way of running things; however, he always finds a way of getting things done. Archie and I are similar because we are leaders, logical, and are social. In the novel The Chocolate War, Archie, one of the main characters

  • Conformity In The Chocolate War

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    different forms and is part of our everyday lives. Conformity can be introduced via peer pressure and/or accepted social norms. Both Hook and Anzaldua talk about conforming, economically and linguistically respectively, to society. In the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier the main protagonist, Jerry Renault, defies a powerful gang in school, called the Vigils, and must decide if conforming to their wishes is better than standing up against them and “defying the universe”. Both Hook and Anzaldua

  • The Coach In The Chocolate War

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    falling behind you will get passed by everyone competing. It is very harsh and you need to be talented to make the team, likewise to how you need to be strong to survive in war. Like war, in the practice you need to show all you have. You must push every bit of energy out or you will not make the team. The coach in The Chocolate War is considered a good coach because he is able to look out for effort over talent. While talent could be better than effort in the short run, effort will always turn into

  • Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War

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    “I met a priest, a man of joy, and this helped to change my belief to one of joy rather than fear”(Writing A Life). By simply refusing to sell chocolates in Trinity’s annual fundraiser, Jerry is humiliated, beaten up, and almost killed. The reader gets an insight into how destructive life can be as a student. Throughout The Chocolate War and other works, Robert Cormier exhibits his dislike of Catholic school systems through students’ distorted view on life because of his distressing personal experiences

  • the order of things (chocolate war)

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    The Order of Things Disturbing the universe is one of the main themes of Robert Cormier’s novel, The Chocolate War. Jerry Renault, the protagonist of the novel, goes against Trinity, the all boys school, and The Vigils, a powerful school gang. He gets admired and then bullied because of his defiance of authority. In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Jerry Renault. As he is trying out for the school’s football team, Archie and Obie, two members of The Vigils, are writing “assignments”

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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    The Chocolate War is a book written by Robert Cormier. It is about a teenaged boy named Jerry and his life as an individual at an all boys catholic school called Trinity. Every year the school sells chocolates to raise money. Every student is meant to sell fifty boxes, and they all do, except for Jerry. Jerry was forced not to sell the chocolates for 10 days by the Vigils, a school gang. At first that's what he planned to do, but as the 10 days went on, Jerry started to feel control over his life

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier Robert Cormier writes novels for teenagers. In his books he uses violence and power and other features that the adolescence age group usually use. A lot of people are disturbed by the way he uses violence the way he does at the end of the novel. Cormier wrote the Chocolate War during the 1970's during the hippie era. The story takes place at a higher intelligence level than most of the outside world. Jerry Renault, the main character in the novel, has lived

  • The Chocolate War - Transformation of Jerry

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    Why would a person decide to betray the beliefs they had fought so hard for? In Robert Cormiers novel The Chocolate War, the character of Jerry Renault changes drastically from a rebel to a follower in the end. The school gang known as the vigils and his moral beliefs motivates Jerry’s actions. He feels he must take a stand against evil. Jerry can be considered a hero because of his beliefs. In the end however he gives in to the things he fought against and becomes a follower. There are many factors

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier was a book that we read in class, it was about good and evil. It is about how the to forces battle for superiority over one another. The book tells how one of the sides over powers the other to claim its spot on top. The people are like pawns to two of the characters, Archie and Brother Leon because they use the people to get what they want from them, and will stop at nothing to get it. Both of characters will stop at nothing

  • The Representation of Power in Cormier's The Chocolate War

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    Inspired by the actions of his son, Robert Cormier decided to write this novel titled The Chocolate War. Cormier’s son Peter, had refused to sell chocolates at his school’s annual sale as a matter of principle (Kemp1), so Cormier thought that it would be an interesting plot for a book. In this book, Robert Cormier introduces us to many characters that personify evil in order to try to control and manipulate each other to gain power. The concept of power is represented in many different ways throughout

  • What Is The Misuse Of Power In The Chocolate War

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    Robert Cormier's novel The Chocolate War surrounds the main protagonist Jerry Renault and shares his experience in attempting to "disturb the universe" that is Trinity High School. At Trinity it is quickly noted that there isn't much difference between teachers and students. Brother Leon, a teacher at Trinity, holds power over the students but Archie Costello, a fellow student at Trinity, holds power over the students as well. These two characters, plus a not-so-secret group of students known as

  • The Chocolate War Analysis

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    In The Chocolate War by Robert Comier, Jerry, who does not sell chocolates, will not back down.To begin with, a group of teenage boys, called the Vigils, pick kids to carry out pranks for them. Everyone in the school is aware of the vigils, even the teachers, but the teachers just do not acknowledge that they even exist.Every year at Trinity high school, they hold an annual chocolate bar sale.Each and every kid is expected to sell their amount of candy bars even though the sale is not required.

  • Brief Summary of The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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    The Chocolate War Jerry Renault is not the best-liked kid in his school. He barely had any respect, even though he is the quarterback for his school’s football team. In the beginning Jerry had lots of friends. But no one knew what is in store for Jerry. Jerry had no idea how his life is about to change. It is a tradition at Trinity to have a yearly chocolate sale. It is not mandatory to sell the chocolates, but no one ever refused. A secret underground group called The Vigils likes to

  • Issues In The Chocolate War

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    The Chocolate War was written in an era of problem novels. The seventies and eighties were filled with books either warning or threatening adolescents against certain lifestyles or decisions. The textbook Young Adult Literature by Michael Cart gives a quote by Sheila Egoff explains the problem novel: "It was very strongly subject-orientated with the interest primarily residing in the topic rather than the telling"(32). In some ways, The Chocolate War has elements of the popular (at that time at least)

  • A Literary Analysis of Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War

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    Literary Analysis of Robert Cormier's "The Chocolate War" The Chocolate War is a story which takes place in New England in the 1970's. Most of the events happen in a Catholic school. Since this school was exclusively for boys, they were constantly trying to prove their power over each other. The story is told in third person omniscient. The story's mood is suspenseful. With each page turn one wonders if Jerry will take or refuse his chocolates. The protagonist of this story is Jerry Renault

  • Comparing Coming of Age in The Chocolate War and Boy's Life

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    Coming of Age in The Chocolate War and Boy's Life Cory in Boy's Life and Jerry in The Chocolate War are examples of characters in a bildungsroman Many high school students read coming of age novels, or bildungsromans such as: Kidnapped, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and many others. What these students, however, do not realize while reading these novels is that the protagonist of the story is growing and changing throughout the novel in many ways. Many of these changes are results of conflicts