Presentation • Time 20min 1) What is the book about –5-8min • show You tube video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihXcPZ09_l4 • • give a brief summary • Facts • Symbolism • Theme 2) Who is the Author-3min • Robert Cormier • Bibliography • Inspiration for book 3) Controversy on book-3min • Almost banned and why 4) Why is it a young Adult book-3min • Bildung roman 5) Did I like it and why -3min • What kind of audience would like the book • Would I use this book in my class • What does it teachQuestions
1) Brief summary• Facts -• FULL TITLE · The Chocolate War• AUTHOR · Robert Cormier• TYPE OF WORK · Novel• GENRE · Young adult, Fiction• LANGUAGE · English• TIME AND PLACE WRITTEN · Written in 1974 in Leominster, Massachusetts• DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION · 1974• PUBLISHER · Dell Laurel-Leaf• NARRATOR · There is a third person narrator.• POINT OF VIEW · The point of view is from a third person omniscient narrator who skips from character to character, revealing a number of characters thoughts and actions.• SETTING ( TIME ) · It is unclear, only to say that it is a relatively modern time period• SETTING ( PLACE ) · Trinity school (an all-boys school), with a few scenes at Jerrys home.• PROTAGONIST · Jerry Renault• MAJOR CONFLICT · Jerrys refusal to sell chocolates at the school chocolate sale.• RISING ACTION · Jerrys refusal after the first ten days and The Vigils subsequent punishment of that choice.
• CLIMAX · The assembly at which Jerry fights Emile Janza for the chance to get back at everyone who has punished him for his decision not to sell the chocolates.• FALLING ACTION · The ending of the boxing match and Jerrys subsequent realization that it is not worth it to disturb the universe. A) THEMES · Disturbing the universe; psychological warfare; the power of fear; manipulation; nonconformity; perversion; corruptness., http://www.gradesaver.com/the-chocolate-war/study- guide/major-themes/ • Courage and Cowardice - "Ive got guts," Jerry murmurs to himself in the opening chapter, after hitting the ground following a heavy tackle on the sports field. Tackled three times in succession, Jerry is insulted by the coach, but he leaves the field determined to make the team. This opening scene establishes Jerry as a character who has the courage to withstand physical pain. He can get up again after being knocked down and come back for more. But there is another pain afflicting him. In the same opening chapter we discover that his mother is dead. It is the painful memory... B) SYMBOLISM · • Jerrys poster • the chocolates • Room nineteen2) Author – • http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library/Archives/WAuthors/cormier/bio.html • http://etd.ohiolink.edu/view.cgi/Shen%20FuYuan.pdf?osu11352772153) Why was the book banned -• http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentid=12693• http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1667149_1667150_1667158,00.html
4) WHY IS IT A YOUNG ADULT BOOK/BILDUNGROMAN? • BildungsRoman- the protagonist of the story is growing and changing throughout the novel in many ways. Many of these changes are results of conflicts, which most teens face throughout their lives • The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier, the male protagonist encounter many conflicts, in which most teens can relate to in everyday life. These two books are examples of bildungsromans because both, Cory and Jerry change throughout the novel because of their mental tests and physical abuses. The male protagonist, Cory and Jerry, encounter many mental tests, which affect the boy’s views on life. The most obvious test which shows this is the dealing with a close one’s death A) COMPARED TO THE BOOKS WE READ IN CLASSCompared to the other 3 booksAbsolute true diary of a part time Indian –social acceptance, death in family, language in book, bothbanned, both male charactersAlanna –Bullying,Graceling- same stubbornness, authorityAll, trying to go against the grain 5) DID I LIKE THE BOOK A) YES-REALISTIC, REAL ISSUES ,ADULT ARE NOT THR HERO, RELATABLE .LEFT ME QUESTION B) NO- THE ENDING , WANTED ARCHIE TO GET BLACK MARBLEAUDIECE- OLDER AUDIENCE BECAUSE OF THE SEXUAL CONTENT AND THE LANGUAGE Questions- A)Why does jerry refuse to sell the chocolates?
Experts"My name is Jerry Renault and Im not going to sell the chocolates," he said to the empty apartment. The wordand his voice sounded strong and noble.Explanation for Quotation 3 >>This statement in Chapter 26 reflects Jerrys strongest moment in the entire book. He has just gotten off thephone with a girl he had seen at the bus stop. Even though the phone call did not go particularly well, he isproud of the fact that he was able to summon the nerve to call her. He becomes proud of the fact that he isresisting the chocolates, and understands and appreciates the fact that the refusal has begun to define who heis. Unlike at the end of the book, here Jerry is cognizant and proud of disturbing the universe.They tell you to do your thing but they dont mean it. They dont want you to do your thing, not unless ithappens to be their thing, too. Its a laugh, Goober, a fake. Dont disturb the universe, Goober, no matter whatthe posters say.Explanation for Quotation 5 >>This quote from Chapter 38 demonstrates Jerrys real downfall. The physical beating he has suffered in theprevious chapter is brutal and horrible, but he is not truly beaten until he takes back everything he has done.The times when he was proud of himself for being an individual and for resisting the rotten tide at the schoolare now forgotten. That pride and distinction was not worth it, Jerry tells The Goober. Nothing is worth itbecause people like Archie beat you down and eventually make it impossible to go against the grain. It isbelievable that eventually, Jerry could have been killed simply for deciding not to sell the chocolates. The
difficulties he encounters after he decides to do his own thing are so extreme that it is understandable thatJerry comes to this conclusion. This ending is dismal—the reader hopes for Jerrys strength and autonomy toresult in the "right" ending, or a "good" ending, but it does not. We know that the novel ends and the wrongpeople win and the right people suffer, and there is no real resolution for that. The reader, along with Jerry, isleft in limbo and not in control of his or her own destiny. Jerry tries to determine his own fate but The Vigils areso powerful that not only can they get people to perform assignments, but they can infiltrate someones life somuch as to determine its path. Jerry, rocked and beaten out of his own universe is exhausted and beaten, andas a demonstration of his loss accepts that he is not the master of his own universe.Fact-The Chocolate WarRobert CormierGet this SparkNote to go!< Previous SectionImportant Quotations Explained Next Section > Study Questions and Suggested Essay TopicsKey FactsFULL TITLE · The Chocolate WarAUTHOR · Robert CormierTYPE OF WORK · NovelGENRE · Young adult, FictionLANGUAGE · EnglishTIME AND PLACE WRITTEN · Written in 1974 in Leominster, MassachusettsDATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION · 1974PUBLISHER · Dell Laurel-LeafNARRATOR · There is a third person narrator.POINT OF VIEW · The point of view is from a third person omniscient narrator who skips from character tocharacter, revealing a number of characters thoughts and actions.
TONE · The tone in the book is largely serious and very perceptive. While Jerry is the protagonist, we get intothe minds of other characters as well. The tone during passages about Brother Leon and Archie becomessarcastic and pessimistic. The tone at the ending is dismal and hopeless.TENSE · Past tenseSETTING ( TIME ) · It is unclear, only to say that it is a relatively modern time periodSETTING ( PLACE ) · Trinity school (an all-boys school), with a few scenes at Jerrys home.PROTAGONIST · Jerry RenaultMAJOR CONFLICT · Jerrys refusal to sell chocolates at the school chocolate sale.RISING ACTION · Jerrys refusal after the first ten days and The Vigils subsequent punishment of that choice.CLIMAX · The assembly at which Jerry fights Emile Janza for the chance to get back at everyone who haspunished him for his decision not to sell the chocolates.FALLING ACTION · The ending of the boxing match and Jerrys subsequent realization that it is not worth it todisturb the universe.THEMES · Disturbing the universe; psychological warfare; the power of fear; manipulation; nonconformity;perversion; corruptness., http://www.gradesaver.com/the-chocolate-war/study-guide/major-themes/MOTIFS · Assignments; football; roll callSYMBOLS · Jerrys poster; the chocolates; Room nineteenFORESHADOWING · The Goobers disintegration after carrying out his assignment, the beatings Jerry takes duringand after football practice, Jerry looking at his poster and pondering the meaning of it.Questions-Why does jerry refuse to sell the chocolates?Jerry looks at the poster in his locker and it clicks—this is Jerrys chance to disturb the universe. Jerry wants tomake his own decision and to register his own protest. He does not want to obey Brother Leon, The Vigils orthe school, but rather for the first time wants to obey himself.Website –