Fear In Robert Cormier's 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. Brother Leon is the teacher that uses the demagogue method on students at Trinity. He would pace around the classroom with a pointer in his hand. He would try to shock the students by yelling and using curse words. “That was Brother Leon-always trying to shock . Using words like crap and bull and slipping in a few damns and hells once in a while.” (Cormier, pg.40) In chapter 6, Brother Leon embarrassed Bailey, a high honors student, in front of the class by accusing him of cheating. However, Bailey stayed strong and stood up for himself by denying…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
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