As chocolate sales plummet, Brother Leon menacingly warns Archie that if the sale tanks, he will see to it that the Vigils do, too. So if you are looking for a book that will make you think, and which realistically looks at how hard it can be to change a corrupt system, this will probably be right up your alley. On the football field, the match is watched by all students, who can select which blows will be laid during the fight through a randomized lottery system; however, the fight ends when a teacher shuts down the electrical power on the field, and Jerry is brutally injured in the ensuing darkness. The next ticket is a Janza shot to the groin, an illegal punch that Jerry attempts to block. Only The Goober remains Jerry's friend but does little to protect him.
As Jerry quickly learns, Trinity is a dangerous place. At first everybody is shocked by his defiance of Brother Leon. He hopes to sell 20,000 boxes of candy at a significantly increased profit, and thereby be declared the school's new leader. Archie reaches into the box and pulls out a white marble, quickly. Chapter 22: Brian Cochran stresses about the low chocolate sales totals. The sales figures dip, and Brother Leon gets upset. Brother Leon, at first outraged, looks forward to the assignment ending, since after ten days, Jerry is supposed to accept the chocolates and begin selling them.
The disruption so upsets the teacher, , that he must go on a leave of absence. Maybe you've had some teachers like the kind Pink Floyd sings about in this and other songs. The Universe Strikes Back: Chapters 31-39 Never, ever get in a chocolate war with the universe. Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? Another sign of cowardice is the fact that everyone is afraid of not conforming, and therefore takes part in these horrible actions within the school instead of standing up for what is right. Jerry wants very much to make the team, perhaps partially because he has recently lost his mother to cancer. He walks out of the store to his bus stop where he stares at the stoners across the street.
Emile brought some friends with him to hurt Jerry as well. Archie suggests that the Vigils throw their full weight behind the chocolate sale—doing so will both please Leon and delegitimize Jerry Renault, who will be marked as an outsider once the whole school is selling chocolates left and right. And now, with a new introduction by the celebrated author, The Chocolate War stands ready to shock a new group of teen readers. Obie and Archie meet in the gymnasium and discuss Renault's refusal to sell chocolates and how it's the same as defying the Vigils. Archie comes upon the large, sloppy-looking boy siphoning gas from another student's car for use in his own.
In fact, the direct inspiration for the novel came from Peter, who refused to participate in a candy sale at his Catholic high school. Soon, Archie learns that Brother Leon, the sadistic teacher, has ordered twice as many chocolates as last year, and he wants Archie and the Vigils to make sure they get sold as part of the school fundraiser. Looking at the field, Archie makes his selections. Everything else is done via psychological intimidation—the secretive summons, the secret meeting room, the black box. Plus, the students are all screaming for his death. After the tenth day, Jerry fully intends to accept the chocolates.
When Emile suggests to other students that Jerry's mother died of shame over her son's deviant sexuality, Jerry is beaten by a gang of pre-teen kids hired by Emile and ostracized by his classmates and the entire school. Even though Jerry gets in some good hits, Janza stops playing by the rules and pummels Jerry mercilessly. Jerry's first punch barely hits Janza. Jerry refuses the chocolates one more time and feels sadness and loneliness. The students of Trinity High do the actual destruction.
Archie decides that the best thing to do is to make the sale popular and make Jerry an outcast. Even the ones aimed at guys so often have to do with overachievers will I get into an Ivy? Goober is warned not to tell anyone that he has had help, because this assignment is bigger than any one student, The Vigils, or the school. We first encounter the main character, Jerry, in the midst of football practice at the all-boys Catholic Trinity High School in the fictional town of Monument, Massachusetts. Archie runs for the utility building, hoping to reset the electricity and let the match finish, but once there he encounters Brother Jacques, who has come to stop the madness. The phone calls continue that night. The Chocolate War is one of the most frequently banned books in recent history.
He schedules a student-only assembly to raffle off the tickets. While the book could have gone with a happy ending, Cormier wrote a more realistic end to Jerry's tale. The Chocolate War shows how hard this is on students as if you didn't already know , but also what this type of school situation teaches the students experiencing it. Cormier expressed his opinions and ideas on oppression causing readers to react, respond, and has brought Hernandez 3 light to vital and sensitive topics to our young culture. Chapter 39: Obie tells Archie that someday he will get his.
Mature young readers will respect the uncompromising ending. The fight begins and the participants follow the instructions. Caroni informs Leon that it's a Vigil assignment to turn down the chocolates and that all will be fine after the ten days are up. At first, Jerry's refusal to cooperate with the corrupt school culture and fundraiser is seen by many classmates as heroic, but the gesture threatens Brother Leon and The Vigils' ability to coerce the student population. Presumably making it seem as if the book were to target only one gender, males. Carter comes in, hands Brian money, and makes sure others are credited with the sales. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier-Free BookNotes Summary All Content Copyright©TheBestNotes.