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Jerry Renault in The Chocolate War appears to be going with the flowtrying out for football checking out girlsbut his inner character drives him to differ He fights to grasp his feelings and lacks self-confidence when he needs it most As Jerry begins to unearth his inner-self other obstacles and ideas dealing with certain emotions arise As he progresses and reaches a level of comprehension he grows closer to his goala sense of self-ruleJerry seems to be a typical freshman in a period of experimentationtrying out for the team dreaming about girls reading girlie magazines but he also appears to be a dazed and confused one He is stunned by his mothers recent death and by the way his father sleepwalks through life Jerry is experiencing an identity crisis and needs some self loyalty which can only be gained by reaching a level of understanding of himself and his feelingsLater preparing for bed and sleep Jerry looked at himself in the mirror saw himself as that guy on the Common must have seen him the other day Square Boy Just as he had superimposed his mothers image on his fathers face now he could see his fathers face reflected in his own features He turned away He didnt want to be a mirror image of his father The thought made him cringe I want to do something be somebody But what But what p53As Jerry continues to search for himself he is faced with a Vigil assignmentrefusal to participate in the school fund raiser the chocolate sale for ten school days However in fulfilling this assignment Jerry acquires his own identity he becomes that freshman rebel a hero On the eleventh day when Jerry still does not accept the chocolates when he says Im not accepting the chocolates Jerry declares the chocolate war He finds something in which to believe that will allow him to reach a sense of self-ruleI think the Renault kid
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