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  • Cormier's Purpose For Writing The Chocolate War
    1,500 words
    " Do I dare disturb the universe" (172). With these words Robert Cormier clearly shows his purpose for writing The Chocolate War. He writes it to give insight into the consequences of standing up for what you believe in. Through his portrayal of characters, and plot, Robert Cormier achieves his purpose. Cormier shows what happens to Jerry Renault and his protagonist Archie Costello. Through The Chocolate War Robert Cormier clearly shows his feelings towards conformity and the abuse of power. The...
  • Meeting With Jerry About The Chocolates
    987 words
    The Order of Things Disturbing the universe is one of the main themes of Robert Cormier's novel, The Chocolate War. Jerry Renault, the protagonist of the novel, goes against Trinity, the all boys school, and The Vigils, a powerful school gang. He gets admired and then bullied because of his defiance of authority. In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Jerry Renault. As he is trying out for the school's football team, Archie and Obie, two members of The Vigils, are writing "assignmen...
  • Jerry Renault And Holden Caufield
    1,372 words
    Growing Up and Loathing It Alienation can be interpreted as loneliness caused by the lack of understanding of others, and may be caused by oneself or inflicted upon by another. During teenage years, boys are especially susceptible to the anguish felt as a result of alienation. Jerry Renault, the protagonist of the Chocolate War, is encumbered by both the alienation imposed upon himself, and that which is burdened upon him by a secret society known as the Vigils. The Catcher in the Rye introduces...
  • Character Of Jerry Renault Changes
    556 words
    The Chocolate War Why would a person decide to betray the beliefs they had fought so hard for? In Robert Cormier 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. T...
  • Jerry Renault In The Chocolate War
    762 words
    Jerry Renault in The Chocolate War appears to be "going with the flow"-trying out for football, checking out girls-but his inner character drives him to differ. He fights to grasp his feelings and lacks self-confidence when he needs it most. As Jerry begins to unearth his inner-self, other obstacles and ideas dealing with certain emotions arise. As he progresses and reaches a level of comprehension, he grows closer to his goal-a sense of self-rule. Jerry seems to be a typical freshman, in a peri...

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