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Archie is the antagonist of this story. He believes that people are essentially animals, and he treats them that way. He believes there are the victims the victimized (the hunters and the prey). He feels no remorse when he manipulates people. Archie is saved from being merely a stock character-a character that is one sided and without dimension-by his feelings for Emile Janza. Archie feels disgust for Emile because he is a brute.
Throughout the novel, Archie undergoes very little change. The biggest moment
for Archie is when he realizes that someone like Jerry Renault could be
his demise because Jerry will not give in to Archie’s tactics. It appears
inevitable that Archie will one day be defeated.
The Chocolate War is a very cleverly constructed tale about how
authority is not always honest and how when you stand up for what you
believe, you should be prepared to face the consequences. Jerry Renault,
the main character, is in search of his way of "disturbing the universe".
At Trinity school, he is no longer a child and learns one of the tough
lessons of young adulthood: the good guys do not always win.
The exposition of a plot is the place where the reader is introduced
to the main character and any important information to understand what
is presently occurring. The exposition of this novel occurs in the first
chapter where the reader meets the main character. Jerry Renault is the
novel’s main character. He is a high school student and concerned with
making the football team. His mother is dead.
The rising action of this novel began in chapter twenty-seven, where
Obie believed that Jerry would be Archie’s downfall. The action quickly
escalated when the students became interested in the sale: Jerry had to
explain why he would not sell; he got prank calls; he was beaten up.
The climax of a story is the major turning point that determines the
outcome of the plot. It is the point to which the rising action leads.
Sometimes, as in this case, the author will create a n explosive and attention
grabbing scene for the climax. In The Chocolate War, the climax
takes place in the boxing ring constructed by Archie. Jerry must decide
if it is really worth it for him to make such a huge sacrifice for his
The outcome is also known as the resolution or denouement, this is the place in the plot where the action is resolved or clarified. The outcome of this particular novel is unusual. Typically, the protagonist prevails and the antagonist suffers: the good guy wins and the bad guy loses. In this case, Jerry’s decision to fight Emile leaves him dangerously battered and in need of an ambulance. Jerry tells The Goober it is not worth it and to do whatever they tell you to do. Archie is saved from Brother Jacques’s rebuke by Brother Leon, who says that boys will be boys.
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