Robert Cormier Writing Styles in The Chocolate War

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Point of View

The shifting narrative point of view is one of the most distinctive features of The Chocolate War. Its chapters are mostly short, and it is unusual for one character's point of view to be pursued in the following chapter. Despite this, there is no doubt as to the "hero" or main character of the novel. The opening chapter encourages the reader to identify with Jerry Renault, the young quarterback who bravely gets to his feet after a number of heavy tackles and who dreams of making the football team. Those early incidents on the football field, and Jerry's handling of them, suggest that we are to encounter a conventional hero who, through determination and courage, will overcome obstacles and achieve his objectives.

The novel has a very large cast-most of Jerry's class group is mentioned by name. The other boys from whose point of view we...

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