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The Chocolate War

Robert Cormier is the author of The Chocolate War. This novel deals with the unique problems faced by teenagers.Following its success as a novel, Keith Gordon has directed and written a movie based on The Chocolate War.
This film is true to the novel unlike most movie adaptations today. However there is one difference. The ending from the novel and film completely differ from one another.
The novel is set in a middleclass catholic school. Trinity High School is full of a teenager's worst fear.A gang of seniors, named the Vigils, devise assignments to create fear among younger students. Archie is responsible for these devious plans which would make a prankster envious. But, to make sure Archie is never comfortable there is the black box. This box contains six marbles, five white and one black. At the conclusion of each Vigil meeting, Archie would have to place his hand in the box and withdraw a marble. If the marble were white the assignment would stand as it is. However if black, Archie would replace the person who originally was ordered by the Vigils.
Jerry Renault,' A skinny kid trying to make the freshman team.' (Football) is continually hassled by the Vigils because of his refusal to sell chocolates for Trinity High. The students were becoming tired of selling goods for the school, so Brother Leon, who heads the chocolate sale, approaches Archie for help. For he knows that Archie has influence.'He (Archie) knew now why he was here. Leon didn't mean Archie's help – he meant the help of the Vigils.'
Archie devises a cunning plan to physically destroy Jerry'legally'.He convinces Jerry to take revenge against Emile Janza, who previously had bullied him. Jerry accepts. What he does not know is that each student would write down how one of the fighters would be hit. At the time Jerry was hated by the whole school because of his refusal to s

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