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Robert Cormier

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Narrator, Chapter 7 ou could take a kid’s lunch or even his lunch money and nothing usually happened because most kids wanted peace at any price. Sources: IPL, Pen America, Scholastic Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Roll Calls Brother Leon pressures students into conforming to his schemes. Beatings in Football Jerry shows how to be tough, no matter what pain he must endure. Vigil Assignments Archie gains psychological control through assignments. Motifs Brother Leon Sadistic teacher vying to take over Trinity School; makes a financial mistake and asks The Vigils to help him Jerry Renault Determined freshman on the football team; dedicated to resisting the chocolate sales Archie Costello Controlling leader of The Vigils; self-absorbed and cold toward others Main Characters Cormier was an American best known for his starkly realistic young adult novels. His books, including The Chocolate War, have been frequently challenged or banned because of their dark themes and pessimistic endings. Yet he has received critical acclaim, and his work has been translated into ROBERT CORMIER1925–2000 Author Brother Leon, Archie, and Jerry go head-to-head in psychological combat. Psychological Warfare Jerry disturbs his universe by refusing to sell chocolates despite bullying. Nonconformity Archie and Brother Leon clash as they try to control everyone at Trinity School. Manipulation & Control A Catholic high school chocolate sale spurs a war for dominance. As Brother Leon connives to replace the school’s ill headmaster, puppet master Archie leads a secret student group—The Vigils. Freshman football player Jerry is determined to stand up to them both and make a difference. A Sweet Battle Rocks a Private School THEMES English Original Language 1974 Year Published Robert Cormier Author The Chocolate War Drama Novel

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