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Do I dare disturb the universe172 With these words Robert Cormier clearly shows his purpose for writing The Chocolate War He writes it to give insight into the consequences of standing up for what you believe in Through his portrayal of characters and plot Robert Cormier achieves his purpose Cormier shows what happens to Jerry Renault and his protagonist Archie Costello Through The Chocolate War Robert Cormier clearly shows his feelings towards conformity and the abuse of powerThe Chocolate War focuses on a freshmen named Jerry Renault and his problems at Trinity Trinity is a prestigious school run by Brother Leon the school headmaster Brother Leon runs a school chocolate sale every year in the fall and it usually lasts about two months The vigils are a secret group at Trinity led by Archie Costello When Jerry refuses to participate in the school chocolate sale the Vigils take offense As a result the Vigils psychologically and physically destroy Jerry Renault Because of Jerrys refusal to conform he gets beaten by the school bullyRobert Cormier shows the consequences of standing up for what you believe in and his feelings towards conformity through his great use of character and plotOne way in which Cormier achieves his purpose is through his excellent portrayal of character Through the characters of the novel Cormier sets up the protagonist and the antagonist to make an interesting novel Cormiers description of his characters sets up a vivid image of the character and also helps the reader to identify with the characterThe main character in The Chocolate War is Jerry Renault Jerry is the unfortunate young adult who suffers the consequences of standing up for what he believes in Every morning Brother Leon would read the roll call off and every morning Jerry would reply NO67 Cormier uses Jerry as the victim of the story who gets harassed over and over again He is described as Poor Renault86 Cormier makes the reader
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