The Chocolate War Essays

  • Conformity In The Chocolate War

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    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 the consequences of nonconformity. When Jerry first refuses to sell the school’s chocolates he is seen as a

  • The Chocolate War Setting

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    At the end of the day, the union of power that Brother Leon and Archie develop becomes sealed, and the power is ultimately left once again in their hands. 10) The main setting of Robert Cormier's novel The Chocolate War, published in 1974, is Trinity High school, an all-boys high school. The story is set in the time span to capture Jerry’s start of his Freshman year in high school, to the end of it. The author decides to use a straight line approach to the time

  • Compare And Contrast The Chocolate War

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    There are several differences between Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War and its movie adaptation by Keith Gordon however there is as many, if not more, similarities. Both the book and the film follow the major theme of disturbing the universe, which is essentially what Jerry does throughout the plot. The term “disturbing” is to interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of something. In a literal sense, the term “universe” is a world in which something exists or prevails, but in a figurative

  • 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

  • Psychological Manipulation In Archie Costello's The Chocolate War

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    to a person to hurt them the most and in the case of Archie this talent is used keep the Vigils in line, as well as the entire student and staff body. He is able to perceive how to gain the upper hand on Brother Leon during the beginning of the chocolate war by analyzing the Brother himself and discovering what he had done in order to try and make himself look good. After securing virtual amnesty from his crimes by manipulating Leon, he uses the secret society of the Vigils in a textbook cult fashion

  • Differences And Similarities Between The Chocolate War And Dna

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    In both “The Chocolate War” and “DNA” the bullies are presented as mischievous and threatening characters throughout. In the play “DNA” we have a psychotic gang leader called Phil who dictates to the rest of the gang members with his iron fist. However in “The Chocolate war”, we have Archie Costello who rules through manipulation and the tradition of the vigils and the box of marbles. Both “The Chocolate War” and “DNA” contain other supporting bullies and victims, for example in “DNA” we have Cathy

  • Internal Conflicts In Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War

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    In Robert Cormier's brutally honest novel "the Chocolate War," Jerry comes home from school and asks his father how his day was, after his father responds with the usual fine, he thinks about what his life may be like in the future. "He hated thinking about his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine- not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything."(9:61) Jerry is scared of ending up like his father, just doing the same

  • War Against Chocolate Milk Essay

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    Chocolate milk How do you think that chocolate milk is suitable for kids? Did you know that chocolate milk is the most popular drink among children? Some people may disagree, and think that schools should stop serving the flavored drink but, I disagree. chocolate milk should be served in the school cafeteria because many kids enjoy the flavored drink. It's okay to drink chocolate milk on occasion. Chocolate milk is the most popular drink among children. First, chocolate milk should be

  • Reasons For Banning The Chocolate War

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    With a title like The Chocolate War you would think it is nothing more than a feisty Willy Wonka fan-fiction, but this book has more caused controversy than you would believe. Published in 1974 by Robert Cormier, the book has received praise from many critics and has won several awards. What was supposed be seen as an innocent tale about a young boy being a leader of a cult has been challenged by several schools and has been officially added to the American Library Association's list of banned books

  • Book Report Of The Chocolate War By Robert Cormier

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    In The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Jerry Renault, a teenage boy, refuses to sell chocolate. At Trinity high school there’s a group of students who are known as the Vigils. These kids are the ones assigning other students to do bad things. Each assignment that is being given is different. To begin with, Trinity high school does a fundraiser each year. For this year’s fundraiser each kid at Trinity is to sell chocolates. The leader of the Vigils is a guy by the name of Archie. He assigns a freshman

  • Is Ralph Waldo Emerson's Quotes Relevance To The Chocolate War?

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson quote relevance to The Chocolate War The quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment,” relates to the central theme of The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier in many ways. One major theme of The Chocolate War is to be yourself no matter what other people think. Jerry spoke his mind about not selling the chocolates like everybody else. Jerry did not do this because he wanted attention

  • Corrupted In Cormier's The Chocolate War

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    The Chocolate War follows the events that Jerry Renault must face the consequences of his actions after he ponders the question “do I dare disturb the universe?”. Jerry’s school is governed by a corrupt principal and who seeks helps of the violent gang who carries out the arrangements of the principal. When the gang assigns Jerry to sell the candy that was bought with stolen school money by the corrupt principal, he stares at a poster that reads “do I dare disturb the universe?” and he decides that

  • The Chocolate War Differences

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    The book and the movie of The Chocolate War have many similarities and differences. The director did manage to keep some of the plot events, but there were some changes. The major changes made a difference in some parts of the story. Although they might have their differences, they still tell the same message. One main event that is apparent in both the book and the movie is when Jerry refuses to sell the chocolates for the school’s fundraiser sale. This is noticeable because the rest of the

  • The Chocolate War Analysis

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    The chocolate war it’s about a first-year student named Jerry Renault. That in spite of his mother’s death wants to make quarterback at Trinity High School. In this high school there is a society called “The Vigils”. Archie and Obie members and “masterminds” of the society are looking for boys that will be doing the “assignment” that they, the society, will give them. Then Brother Leon a teacher that ordered the chocolates twice as the quantity last year wanted to make sure that they will get sold

  • Bullying In The Chocolate War

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    handle the bullies. Bullying is a global issue and people need to be informed and aware of bullying and how to deal with it. In the book, The Chocolate War, written by Robert Cormier, the main character, Jerry Renault, attends a Catholic school called Trinity High School and is being bullied and attacked for deciding not to participate in the school’s annual chocolate sale. The bullies are relentless and bully Jerry physically, psychologically and verbally to get him to do their bidding and sell

  • Bullying In The Chocolate War

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    involved in their kid’s problems. In the book, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Jerry Renault, the main character, shows independence and defiance by the way he handles being bullied at school and the pressure of not selling chocolates. Jerry is a normal boy at Trinity school, at the beginning of the book, jerry is quiet for being the main character, but later on the book, he develops as a new person and speaks up. Jerry’s denial to sell the chocolates showed rebellion against the Vigils and Brother

  • Individuality In The Chocolate War

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    named The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier the main character Jerry has to deal with reality that it 's not so easy to go against the grain. The novel does an excellent job highlighting how his individuality affects his social, personal life, and the power of societal pressures and bullying are leveraged against Jerry. The first thing The Chocolate War highlights are the effects individuality has on the protagonist Jerry Renault throughout the story. After Jerry decides to not sell chocolates there

  • Fear In The Chocolate War

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    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.

  • Robert Cormier The Chocolate War

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    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

  • Character Analysis: The Chocolate War

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    nature is two things; greedy and cruel” In the novel The Chocolate war, one of the antagonists named Archie Costello has quoted this statement. This quote was referred to characters in the book, but it can also be talking about people in the real life. Because of what goes on in the modern day, greedy and cruel are just some words to describe the natural behavior of human beings. First off, in The Chocolate War, the whole purpose of the chocolate fundraiser was to raise money for the Trinity high school