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The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

Language and Communication Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

Hey coach you spit on me, Jerry protested. Stop the spitting, coach. What he said aloud was "I'm all right." (1.11)

What Jerry says is very different from what Jerry thinks in this moment. What do you think the coach would do if Jerry told him what's really on his mind? What stops Jerry from sticking up for himself? Is it sometimes better, or safer, to just keep quiet?

Quote #2

"And when you say, 'Jesus,' you're talking about your leader. But when I say 'Jesus,' I'm talking about a guy who walked the earth for thirty-three years like any other guy but caught the imagination of PR cats." (2.9)

To the religiously inclined, this is highly offensive. But, Archie is making an interesting point, though it might or might not hold true in the case of Jesus. He's basically saying that anybody or anything can be made popular, if you put the right spin on it. He applies this principle to the chocolate sale with much success.

Quote #3

"No. Look, I don't stare." But he did stare, every day. (3.10)

Again, we see Jerry saying something different than what's inside him. In this case, he's ashamed for staring, and he doesn't know how to explain it. How can he explain that he's staring because he's interested, even jealous?

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