The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
The Chocolate War Theme of Choices
Trinity, the high school in The Chocolate War, is all about lack of choice. Brother Leon and The Vigils spend most of their time forcing the student body to do things they don't want to do. For our boy Jerry, the chocolate sale represents his total lack of choice. When he chooses not to participate, he sails into dangerous waters.
Questions About Choices
- Why does Jerry choose to keep his problems a secret from his Dad? Would you do the same in his position?
- Does Jerry make the right choice when he says "No" to chocolates the first time? The second time?
- Why does Jerry choose to participate in the raffle?
- Why does The Goober choose to accept his Vigils assignment? What are some consequences of his choice? What do you think would have happened if he refused?
Chew on This
Jerry shouldn't have openly defied The Vigils and Brother Leon; behind-the-scenes investigation and planning is more effective than open defiance.
Jerry's biggest mistake is choosing not to organize resistance with the other students.