At the end of the ten days, however, Jerry still refuses to sell the chocolate. The time for revenge has come to those boys who secretly suffered the trials of Trinity. Archie confesses that he tipped Leon off with an anonymous phone call. Sometimes, as in this case, the author will create a n explosive and attention grabbing scene for the climax. Obie and Carter make Archie draw from the box twice—once for Jerry and once for Janza—but Archie draws a white marble each time. The Vigils don't want to be on Leon's bad side. There are no female characters, and the story is about the boys and the school, rather than their families or lives outside of Trinity.
Many have called this a dark book; many ask why can't this book offer more hope? Leon calls Archie into his office at the beginning of the novel, and does again in subsequent encounters later, in order to force Archie to convince The Vigils to make the chocolate sale a success. The synopsis below may give away important plot points. To ban such a realistic and insightful book would be unjust to, not only the author but, the readers who would benefit from it as well. Chapter 35: Archie calls Jerry and tells him about a raffle and a chance for him to end the misery by fighting Emile at the football field in the boxing ring. Even though the freedom of speech is considered a human right, the Supreme Court Justice has allowed the government to reasonably put restrictions on individuals speech. Jerry receives one of these assignments in which he is tasked to refuse to sell chocolates for the school fundraiser for a certain number of days and then accept them.
Chapter 8: Goober, we learn, is a great runner. The disappointed crowd voices its approval. Some masked boys come up the corridor and enter Room Nineteen. Set at a fictional Catholic high school, the story depicts a secret student organization's manipulation of the student body, which descends into cruel and ugly against a lone, non-conforming student. Their group, The Vigils, has a more complete record of the students than the actually school files. Goober must unscrew every single screw on every single piece of furniture in a classroom a task that would have been impossible had certain masked Vigils not shown up in the middle of the night to lend a hand , causing a raucous collapse during school the next day.
The next day, Jerry still refuses. The coach tells him to show up the next day. It's apparent that Leon is blackmailing Caroni for information regarding Jerry Renault and why he refuses to sell chocolates. They are swiping his homework assignments, and trashing his locker. At school the next day, he finds his shoes cut up in his lockers and his Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? Although Archie has immense power, we learn he is not even the president of the organization. As Archie sulks, Obie concocts new demeaning initiation assignments. Archie the mastermind and Obie one of his thugs are in the bleachers, picking their newest victims.
Looking at the field, Archie makes his selections. The two have dinner, and Jerry remembers a time when he asked his father if he had wanted to be a doctor rather than a pharmacist. It's followed by a right to the stomach. People also trash-talk it because they think it gives Catholic school, and school in general, a bad rap. He feels that in surprising Archie, he has at last triumphed over him.
You are probably thinking this isn't going to end well for Jerry. All in all you're just another brick in the wall. Obie must stay and write down the names and assignments. The Chocolate War has been subject to these restrictions. The novel takes on a richer meaning when examined through symbols. He hopes to sell 20,000 boxes of candy at a significantly increased profit, and thereby be declared the school's new leader. He wants to play football.
You wouldn't think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; it's as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. He walks out of the store to his bus stop where he stares at the stoners across the street. So if you are looking for a book that will make you think, and which realistically looks at how hard it can be to change a corrupt system, this will probably be right up your alley. Needless to say, when teachers utilize gangs at the school to carry out their agenda, something's gone seriously wrong with the school. And now, with a new introduction by the celebrated author, The Chocolate War stands ready to shock a new group of teen readers. He thinks his father has had a failed life, and is doomed to a drab, gray existence. Let's see if Jerry can turn things around with more acts of defiance.
The raffle is a special one, however, which pits Jerry against school thug Emile Janza. There are no locks on the lockers and there are no locks on the bathroom stalls. Carter walks to the center of the platform and gestures for silence. Archie is standing by the door, very pleased with himself for thinking this prank up. Chapter 3: Jerry sneaks a peak at a pornographic magazine and feels guilty. This is the same method of fear, intimidation, and psychological manipulation the Vigils use to keep the student body in check. He starts to lecture Archie, but soon Brother Leon comes to Archie's defense.