An Analytical Essay on The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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An Analytical Essay on The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier This essay will analyze the emotions of courage, hatred, and senselessness from the novel The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. By evaluating these emotions displayed by the main character, Jerry Renault, we can learn if they benefited him during his high school years. Courage was reflected in The Chocolate War when Jerry opted not to participate in Trinity School’s annual chocolate fundraiser. Courage would prove to be one of his fundamental emotions displayed in this novel. Jerry stood up to the Trinity School bullies by telling them he would not sell a single box of chocolates no matter what they said or did to him. When Leon (Jerry’s teacher) was determining who was participating in the annual fundraiser and called upon Jerry, the following conversation took place. “Renault?” The silence continued. The Goober glanced toward Jerry three desks away. Jerry sat stiffly, elbows resting on the desk, staring straight ahead, as if he were in a trance. “You are here, aren’t you, Renault?” Leon asked, trying to turn the moment into a joke. But his effort had the opposite effect. No one laughed. “Last call, Renault.” “No,” Jerry said. The Goober wasn’t sure if he’d heard correctly. Jerry had spoken so quietly, barely moving his lips, that his answer had been indistinct even in that utter quiet. (Cormier, p. 83-84) I believe that it takes guts to be the only one in the whole school that says no to the chocolate selling fundraiser. You never know if what he did will pay off in the long run. Another emotion expressed by Jerry was hatred. Some of the people that experienced this hatred were “The Vigils”(a school society), and a kid always looking for trouble, Emile Janza. Jerry felt hatred for both the
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