Fear In The Chocolate War

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Is fear the only thing to fear? Maybe it is, maybe it is not. Fear is a strong emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Some people use fear to control the people around them. Someone that uses fear to control others is called a demagogue. Bosses at work, teachers, coaches, parents, and bullies are some examples of people that use fear to control others. It is important to be aware of because parents, teachers, and coaches may do it to teach right from wrong. However, a bully will do it maliciously. Fear is used to control the characters in the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Cormier uses a teacher and a group leader to show how fear is used to control other people.…show more content…
Archie is a member of a group called the Vigils. The Vigils are a group that help keep the school under control. It is Archie’s job to hand out assignments to other students. Most of these assignments were pranks against the teachers. Some examples of pranks he assigned were a student unscrewing the boards, desks, and chairs in a classroom. He told Jerry to refuse to sell the chocolates for ten school days. Archie knows that everyone in school is afraid of the Vigils, so he uses that fear to control them. When Jerry continues to refuse to sell chocolates, Archie gets the entire school to turn against…show more content…
Many people use fear to control others. For example, bosses at work use fear to control their employees to get work done or they may get fired. Similarly, teachers use fear to control their students to behave and work, and if they do not, they get in trouble. Furthermore, coaches use fear as well, to control their teams to have them practice harder or they get punished by running laps. Parents also use fear to control their kids to behave properly or they get grounded. In contrast, bullies use fear to control other people to do as they say or the bullies will beat them up. Once at a Dunkin Donuts, the boss was yelling at an employee of his, in front of everyone, to work more quickly even though he was moving at a perfect
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