Chocolate War By Cormier
The copyright of the book is 1974. 2. In the exposition of The Chocolate War,

Jerry Renault, the freshman quarterback, was receiving constant blows from
opposing players. Jerry was trying to get the ball to his receiver, the Goober,
but not having any luck. In The Chocolate War, the rising action was the
majority of the story. At Trinity High School, the school that Jerry attends,
there is a group of "elite" students called the Vigils. The Vigils
give out "assignments" to random students at Trinity. Archie, the
head, told the Goober that his assignment was to unscrew every screw in Room
nineteen. The Goober spent several hours doing his assignment, and eventually
finished with the assistance of a few Vigil members. As the story goes on, the
reader learns that every year at Trinity, there is a chocolate sale run by the
assistant head master, Brother Leon. The last major detail in the rising action
was when Archie informed Jerry of his assignment, Jerry's assignment was not to
sell chocolates for the first ten days of the annual chocolate sale. The climax
of the novel was on the eleventh day of the chocolate sale when Jerry was
supposed to start selling the chocolates but he didn't. As a result of Jerry not
selling any chocolates, the other students' sales began to plummet during the
falling action of the story. Brother Leon began to feel nervous and had to go to

Archie and the Vigils for help. Incredibly, the Vigils turned the whole school
against Jerry and made selling chocolates the "cool" thing. Students
began to look down upon Jerry for not conforming to the chocolate sale
tradition. Someone even vandalized Jerry's locker and cut up his gym sneakers. A
group of boys, including Emile Janza, one of the biggest bullies at Trinity,
jumped Jerry after football practice and abused Jerry's body with their fists
and football cleats. The Chocolate War didn't have a happy ending, but there was
a resolution in the story. Archie set up a boxing match, of all things, between

Jerry Renault and Emile Janza. Emile ended up beating Jerry to a bloody pulp in
a matter of minutes, while Jerry landed only three punches the entire match. As
a result Jerry finally learned that he couldn't beat the system, and that he'd
be better off doing what his authorities instructed him to do. 3. The main
conflict of The Chocolate War comes from Jerry Renault wanting to be different.

The conflict involves Jerry, who doesn't want to sell the chocolates, and

Brother Leon and Archie who want him to sell the chocolates. I would consider
this conflict to be external human conflict. 4. The story doesn't actually state
a certain time period in which the story takes place, but I'd say the story
takes place in the late seventies or the early eighties. Most of the story takes
place at Trinity High School in a town that the author doesn't reveal. 5. Jerry

Renault, the protagonist in The Chocolate War, is a brave and caring young man.

He proved himself to be brave by standing up to the vigils like no other student
had, and agreeing to be in the boxing bout knowing his chances of winning were
slim to none. Jerry always felt sorry for his dad whose wife had died, and he
always was trying to cheer up his best friend, the Goober, who had a low
self-esteem. Both of these acts make Jerry a character with whom the reader
empathizes. 6. The main antagonist was Archie Castello. Archie is a cold-hearted
selfish individual. By forcing students to do the "assignments" that
they didn't want to do and making the Goober cry, Archie proved himself to be
very cold-hearted. Archie using Emile in the boxing match so he didn't have to
get beat up and taking all the credit for the chocolate sales proved Archie to
be quite selfish. 7. Jerry agreed to fight in a boxing match knowing that he
didn't have much of a chance because he didn't want to be like a coward and he
didn't like getting pushed around. 8. The Chocolate War was told from about a
dozen characters' points of view. This point of view would be third person
omniscient. Had the author chosen to tell the story from just one point of view,

I wouldn't have been aware of so many details only made available through a
third person omniscient point of view. 9. The mood of The Chocolate