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Meaning of the Title
The Chocolate War refers to the battle between Trinity School (represented by Brother Leon and The Vigils) and Jerry Renault. It is called the Chocolate War because the school wants Jerry to sell the chocolates and he refuses. The battle really has nothing to do with the chocolates; the real battle over Jerry's refusal to succumb to their authority because he does not believe in their cause. His refusal to sell the chocolates disturbs the universe of Trinity, where the natural order is always directed by Brother Leon and The Vigils.
Trinity School, modern times (circa 1974)
Fiction, Young Adult
The mood, or tone, of this novel is serious, bordering on disturbing.
Point of View
Third person, limited omniscient (the narrator has access to some of the characters’ thoughts, but not all).
The exposition 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 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 beliefs
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
The destructive potential of unchecked authority
The black box; the chocolates.
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