Jerry Renault is a first year student at an all-boys school called Trinity.
Showing of next show all Can't believe I never read this as a kid! Cormier is a damn good writer and his exploration of the battle between ultimate good and evil is brilliant. He tries out for the football team, hoping for acceptance, and pondering the quote on the poster in his locker everyday, "Do I dare disturb the universe?
When the school's annual chocolate sale begins, and Brother Leon asks the Vigils for their support in the sale, they agree. Jerry, however, decides to defy the school, and the Vigils, refusing to sell the chocolates.
According to Archie, his defiance needs punishment from the Vigils, punishment that will make Jerry never want to cross them again.
The Chocolate War is a novel that I've heard a lot about, being in the field of young adult literature, but one I've never gotten the chance to read until now. As one of the classics of young adult literature, I think it is important to see where the genre came from, and compare it to where it has come in the past 20 years or so.
Overall, I thought it was a good piece of literature, with fleshed out characters and a plot that always kept me guessing, even certain parts were obvious.
Cormier does a good job of capturing the peer pressure that so many people feel at this age through the character of Jerry, and though there might not be a secret society like the Vigils in every school, there is that one group of students that everyone is afraid of, the "in crowd.
Aside from this fact, I thought that this was a good read, and definitely would prompt good discussion with others that have read it. As for a classroom, this book could definitely be paired with another classic, or even used on its own in a classroom.
Because of the complexity of the issues presented, and all of the philosophical questions presented, this novel would create good discussion among students. It's one of those novels that you want to discuss with others after you have read it, plus it is relatable to the majority of high school students.
This is definitely a book to keep in mind when teaching young adult literature in the classroom.It may be that his response addresses one of the early attacks on Fade and shows his thinking-in-development about that novel, specifically.
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Robert Cormier. Robert Cormier was born in in French Hill, a French-Canadian neighborhood of Leominster, Massachusetts, and has lived in Leominster all his life. Cormier's first three books were moderately successful, but in The Chocolate War launched him into the young adult market where he has had tremendous success.
Cormier. The Absence of Moral Agency in Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War. Assuredly, the postmodern elements in Fade are also present as early as The Chocolate War. 2 The Chocolate War is a complex novel, obviously rich for academic perusal, as testified by the numerous papers devoted to it.
The depressing story and unusual narrative structure. In , author Robert Cormier dared to disturb our universe when this book was first published.
And now, with a new introduction by the celebrated author, The Chocolate War stands ready to shock a new group of teen readers/5(). Robert Cormier Booklist Robert Cormier Message Board Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Chocolate War A student named Jerry has problems with Archie Costello, the "Assigner of The Vigils".
Oct 02, · About the book: The novel’s protagonist, Jerry Renault, refuses to sell chocolates during his all-male boarding school’s fundraiser. The resulting chain of events reveals a world of gang intimidation and the abuse of power.