Cormier Essays

  • 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

  • Robert Edmund Cormier

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    Robert Edmund Cormier was a well-known columnist, author and reporter. He was born on January 17, 1925 in Leominster, Massachusetts to Irma and Lucien Cormier. He was the second of eight children and enjoyed spending time with his family. Family was always more important than fame or fortune to Cormier. Hard work and commitment led him to jobs that helped prepare him to be an excellent writer. Throughout his life he wrote many award winning books; two of his most well known books are The Chocolate

  • 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

  • Fade, by Robert Cormier

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    Fade is an interesting novel, and can be quite confusing at times. The book starts off with the main character, Paul Moreaux living in his hometown “Frenchtown” he always called it, in Massachusetts. The book takes place somewhere in the 1920’s. Paul lives a normal but poor life, when he finds out that he has the ability to “fade”, which is the ability to disappear or become invisible. The ability is passed on from an uncle in the family to a nephew, and Paul’s uncle Abelard teaches it to him. Once

  • Robert Cormier Heroes Chapter Analysis

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    by Robert Cormier and was published in 1998. It is set in Frenchtown, America, between 1940 and 1945, during the Second World War and explores the themes of guilt, compassion and heroism. It is about Francis Cassavant, who desires revenge from his relationship with his friend Larry LaSalle. The plot creates tension and suspense and explores how and why Francis has returned from the Second World War to kill Larry. At the beginning of Chapter One, Robert Cormier introduces

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Robert Cormier

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    course you don't. Because you can't tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. Nobody knows these days. Nobody. (Cormier 18)" Trust is an important aspect of everyday life especially when growing up in a society full of liars and cheats. When you trust someone you want them to keep their word but sometimes they might turn on you. In this paper I will bring forth how Robert Cormier uses different narrative and literary techniques to show the underlying theme of ‘be careful who you trust’ and ‘you

  • I am the Cheese - Theme

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    Heroes are not always credited for their honesty and righteousness. This is the view towards society that Robert Cormier exhibits in the novel ¡§I am the Cheese¡¨, where the individual is punished for standing up to himself. In this society, the non-valiant are rewarded for their ignorance and compliance, narrated through the characters of Grey and Whipper. Moreover, Robert Cormier portrays this society to be void of truth and justice. This is seen through exploring the innocence behind Adam¡¦s

  • Robert Cormier Manipulation

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    Robert Cormier Robert Cormier is a very successful writer, he has written a total of 19 books. He uses a very good writing style and devices to enhance his writing. Robert Cormier used many examples of psychological manipulation which made the reader feel more attached to the characters who were being manipulated. This was one of the devices he used that took his writing to the next level. When he did this it made you feel more a part of the novel. It made you feel personally connected to the novel

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

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    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 who is the author of this book, thrusts us into the tormenting world of Trinity High, an all boys prep school. The Chocolate War isn’t all about the schoolwide chocolate sale Brother Leon presented to Trinity. The sale is part of the "war" going

  • 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

  • The Chocolate War Essay

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    "Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not 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

  • Mature In The Moustache, By Robert Cormier

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    Robert Cormier, Mike starts off the story as an immature boy but when he sees that his grandmother is a person and not just her grandmother and therefore he becomes mature. To begin, Mike starts the story as and immature, young teenager who wants to grow up fast. In the story, Mike has to visit his grandmother in a nursing home. But he doesn’t want to. He takes his dad’s new Le Mans and races off. Mike explains that “...My ambition was to see the speedometer hit seventy-five” (Cormier 2). From

  • 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

  • Alex Cormier A Dynamic Character

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    Alex Cormier, the single mother of Josie Cormier, begins in the novel, Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult, as a hard-working mother who unintentionally sets similar high standards for her daughter to follow. After an accident that changes the lives of so many people, Alex realizes that she cannot continue her old ways. She must improvise and go off instinct instead of sheer knowledge and help her daughter begin and continue to heal both mentally and physically. Despite having to throw herself of her

  • Issues In The Chocolate War

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    ways, The Chocolate War has elements of the popular (at that time at least) problem novel while, at the same time, the novel goes beyond the stereotypical problem novels. Of course, Cormier's novel discusses key issues such as bullying. However, Cormier goes beyond this by adding the issue of corruption of authority (especially the

  • the order of things (chocolate war)

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    Vigils. Archie sees Jerry get slaughtered by the football team and still manage to get up. Archie then decides to give Jerry one of his assignments. “‘The assignment must fit the kid. That’s the beauty of it, Obie... Put him down for the chocolates’” (Cormier 15-16). Every year at Jerry’s school, Trinity, they have a chocolate sale. And every year, all the students participate. Jerry’s assignment was to refuse to sell the chocolates for ten school days. “‘Let me get this straight, Renault,’ Brother Leon

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

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    A 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