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Is It a Chocolate Sale...or a Chocolate War..??

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 07:15 AM
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Chocolate "sale" or.....chocolate "war"? Although you describe this novel as

being mainly based on simply the chocolate sale, the correct answer is more like the

war of the chocolate sale. Already from the opening page of this exclusive book,

where quarterback Jerry Renault is clobbered by a relentless defense, The Chocolate

War is relentless in its portrayal of the vicious, sometimes violent world of high

school. Through Jerry Renault, Robert Cormier who is the author of this book,

thrusts us into the tormenting world of Trinity High, an all boys prep school.

The Chocolate War isn’t all about the schoolwide chocolate sale Brother

Leon presented to Trinity. The sale is part of the "war" going on through the school,

but even before the sale was put out, problems already were occurring. The theme in

their school was always "the students vs. the teachers". It then lowered down to "the

Vigils vs. the teachers", particularly talking about Archie Castello, head and assigner

of the Vigils, and Brother Leon, assistant headmaster of Trinity. These conflicts were

already existing before the sale was given by Brother Leon. The characters are

guided by peer pressures and the desire to please (or displease) their teachers. All of

this is just a piece of the war at Trinity.

The real chocolate war all started out just as Brother Leon announced and

introduced the chocolate sale that all the students were supposed to participate in.

Everyone was perfectly fine about the idea of the sale since it is held as one of the

biggest fund-raisers all year to help the school. But once Leon changed around the

expectations on the sale, conflicts around the school began to...


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