Robert Cormier Essays

  • Reputation In Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War

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    Robert Cormier explores the unavoidable ideas of reputation, manipulation, power and violence through his captivating teenage novel “The Chocolate War.” These four components of the novel are deeply analyzed and scrutinized through the protagonist and antagonist in order to leave the reader thinking about their lives and the world around them. Cormier uses the idea of reputation throughout his novel to highlight both the emotion of which the protagonist, Jerry endured whilst he contemplated “disturbing

  • Conformity In The Chocolate War

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    too. It’s a laugh, Goober, a fake. Don’t disturb the universe, Goober, no matter what the posters say.” (Cormier 259) This statement made by Jerry to Goober at the end of The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier sums up Jerry’s experience in not conforming to the expectations of his school and his peer group. It is easier to follow the crowd than to stand up for what you believe in. Robert Cormier uses Jerry’s experience in refusing to conform and participate in his school’s chocolate sale to highlight

  • Psychological Manipulation In Archie Costello's The Chocolate War

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    guilty, and no matter what you say you will be found guilty. You must comply, the students, the headmaster, everyone is on my side, and I will stop at nothing to make you comply. From Mr. Trent to Harry Flowers, Mr. Hairston to Archie Costello, Robert Cormier makes strong use of psychological manipulators to drive some of his main characters close to or past a point of breaking that often give his writings their dark tones. The issue of manipulation is a keystone of the relationship between Harry Flowers

  • The Moustache By Robert Cormier Analysis

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    In the story, “The Moustache,” written by Robert Cormier, a teenage boy goes to visit his grandmother, with a new moustache that he grew out. Sometimes in life people feel confident about something, but through the support and guidance of others they can have a new perspective. In the beginning of the story, Mike tries to grow out a moustache to see if he can. He promised his mother that after he finds out if he can grow one, he will shave it off. This is not true though because once he grows it

  • Robert Cormier The Chocolate War

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    the halls. Robert Cormier uses both a student and teachers point of view to create a powerful novel that involves both the abuse of power and evil within. Looking back on the events of his son’s and his life, Robert Cormier not only shows the battle of power and evil, but also how the 1970s and 1980s impacted his life the most in The Chocolate War. Understanding a little about Robert Cormier will help understand how he came to be as a writer and how it influenced his novel. Cormier

  • The Mustache By Robert Cormier Analysis

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    and a Dream III” by J. Cole and the short story “The Moustache” by Robert Cormier. Through both texts there is a similar theme, as well as a similar analysis strategy. The common analysis strategy through the texts is conflicts with themselves or with others. J. Cole emphasises this theme by summoning memories of a conflict he had with himself in the past and how he had a dream, but not enough money. On the other side, Robert Cormier emphasizes the theme through Mike 's grandmothers conflict with her

  • Heroes Robert Cormier Analysis

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    Have you ever felt so reprehensible and responsible for someone else’s actions that you wanted to die? It sounds exaggerated, but in Heroes, Robert Cormier makes it seem relatable and realistic. In the story, Francis Cassavant's depression and iniquity lead him to become suicidal, so he joins the army to try and die heroically. These characteristics determine his actions through the story and help develop him as a real person. In Heroes, we learn that Francis has always had a low self-regard, even

  • Internal Conflict In The Moustache By Robert Cormier

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    Sometimes in life one must compromise their values to do what is right. In the short story “The Moustache,” Robert Cormier develops a situation where the protagonist feels uncomfortable about pretending to be who he is not. Mike, the protagonist, visits his grandmother who is in a nursing home. A situation develops, while Mike is there, which creates an internal conflict. Mike must make an important decision that will either help or hinder his grandmother ability to resolve a past issue. Mike

  • Ambiguism And Symbolism In Heroes By Robert Cormier

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    The novel ‘Heroes’ by Robert Cormier features a young war veteran, Francis Cassavant, who returns to his childhood home of Frenchtown from serving in the Second World War and has suffered severe deformities from a fall “on a grenade” which has led the readers to sympathise him and to believe that he is a “poor boy”. Francis has returned to Frenchtown with a specific purpose of killing Larry LaSalle, who is first portrayed as the glamorous and perfect man with a “smile that revealed dazzling movie-star

  • The Chocolate War Robert Cormier Analysis

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    like change and if you aren’t like everyone else the order of things might get screwed up. And when people feel their way of things is being tempered with they can get a bit extreme meaning you better prepare for the worst. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier has many examples of that like how Jerry starts being targeted by the Vigils because he chooses to continue to not sell the chocolates after his assignment to not sell the chocolates for a week ended.

  • Robert Cormier After The First Death Summary

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    “The Dreadful Acts” Book Review on “After the First Death by Robert Cormier” I. Introduction Robert Edmund Cormier, born on 1925 in Massachusetts, United States, was a renowned columnist, reporter, and author. He was known for his ability to entice readers through his negative ideas of writing turn out events or in-short he is a pessimistic writer of a story. His famous writings are “I Am the Cheese”, “We All Fall Down”, “The Chocolate War” and of course “After the First Death”. The book “After

  • Character Analysis Of 'President Cleveland, Where Are You?' By Robert Cormier

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    “Jerry” from the story “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” by Robert Cormier, is a sympathetic character to onlookers due to his shortcomings, as well as his strengths, are ones with which many readers can identify. He learned a lot from his brother Armand by getting matured and by gaining the knowledge that helping his family is far more important than helping himself. The speaker from the poem “My Father Is a Simple Man” by Luis Omar Salinas, admires and respects his father a great deal. The

  • A Small Good Thing Summary

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    The short stories "Cathedral" and "A Small Good Thing" by Raymond Carver show the struggles of two American families and how the hardships brought new relationships and understanding to the families and those around them. "Cathedral" depicts the struggle to have a deeper connection not based on physical appearance. "A Small, Good Thing" shows the struggle to overcome the pain brought by the death of a loved one. Raymond Carver's texts work together to show that by accepting the help of others the

  • Personal Narrative: My Favorite Trip To Lagoon

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    My Favorite Trip to Lagoon... This memory was the first time I have ever been in Lagoon. This was around when I was about in 5th grade.The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the flowers were blooming; ‘Chirp, Chirp, Scream!’. During Summer School, in the middle of the day, my best friend Antonella didn’t come to school because she decided to take a break, and go to Lagoon. I was on the computers playing some games along with some of my other friends. All of a sudden, I was called down

  • Social Barriers In The Truman Show

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    The Truman Show is a 1998 film directed by Peter Weir, and using countless hidden messages, warns the modern society against the power of the media and reality television. The movie stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, who is unknowingly broadcasted on a live, 24/7 television show. Having been chosen out of six unwanted pregnancies, Truman was adopted and raised in Seahaven, an artificial island enclosed in a large dome, but does not know this. To keep his show successful, the director and creator

  • Henry David Thoreau's Journey To Freedom And Individualism

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    The Romantic Era has produced ideas and texts that contribute to the society that is seen today. Examples of these texts include Thoreau's Walden and my Learner Choice novel, Red Rising. The Romantic Era ties into Freedom & Selfhood and is important to the development of today’s society and the future ahead. It allowed people to begin to look at the world through a different lens, a lens that showed them how to embrace freedom and to find yourself. In his book, Walden, Henry David Thoreau uses imagery

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Rose Petal Eau De Parfum

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    The clip begins with the tranquil sound of spa-like music. Cognitively, this captures attention and urges hearers to imagine contexts associated with the senses. Speaker A opens the discourse and makes full use of phonologic and semantic features to guide hearers into the context of a perfume commercial. For example, “rose petal eau de parfum” (L.2) resembles a perfume slogan by means of its phrasing and semantically related words. The French term ‘parfum’ means perfume in English and is synonymous

  • The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Essay

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    “I try to live instinctively. And I guess I've always enjoyed living in a fantasy world, daydreaming,” is what American actor, James Duval, once said. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, a middle-aged man who lives a boring life retreats to his imagination which allows him to experience glory and success. Thurber uses third person limited omniscient to portray Mitty in a way that shows the oppression and disappointment nearly all humans feel at some point in their lives, validating

  • The Theme Of Blindness In 'Cathedral' By Raymond Carver

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    “Cathedral” is a short and warm story written by Raymond Carver. The author portrays the story in the first person narrative. Carver presents the interaction between an unnamed couple and a blind man by the name of Robert, who is visiting them. The story is told by the husband, the narrator, who is a prejudiced, jealous, and insecure man with very limited awareness of blindness. This theme is exposed through Carver’s description of the actions of the narrator whose lack of knowledge by stereotyping

  • Pride And Greed In Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

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    If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” the prominent businessman of his time, John D. Rockefeller once said. This is a truth that readers learn from reading Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace.” In this short story, a woman named Mathilde Loisel’s humility is abused by pride and greed but changed and improved as the story went along. Mathilde’s nature towards her husband and others was ungrateful and unappreciative. To begin with, Mathilde was a “pretty and charming”