Essay on The Chocolate War

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The Chocolate War





Many people often meet different characters in literature and in life that they admire or
despise. They conclude if those characters are good or evil and at the same time they
reflect on the choices and responsibilities that those characters have. From The
Chocolate War I admire Roland Goubert or The Goober based on his actions. I despise
Archie Costello (The Assigner of The Vigils) because of the choices that he made and also
because of his actions.

I admire Roland Goubert (The Goober) the most of all the characters within this book
because he is honest, loving, and a loyal friend to Jerry. In the book when Jerry was
refusing to sell the chocolates, Goober felt many feelings that Jerry was feeling. For
example the guilt, fear, anger, tension, and most of all the horror of living another day
just waiting for the coming of the next homeroom period to once again refuse the
chocolates from Brother Leon. That was a sure sign of a bond between the two of them.
When Goober waited for Jerry one day at the school’s entrance and pulled him aside to ask,
“ Jeez, Jerry, what did you do it for? ” after the assignment was over with and Jerry
still refused to sell the chocolates. That showed that Goober cared about Jerry and
wanted to warn him of Brother Leon and how Brother Leon could control Ferry’s fate. For
example when Jerry stated, “ It’s not the end of the world. Four hundred kids in this
school are going to sell chocolates. What does it matter if I don’t? “, The Goober
expressed how worried he was and how much he cared by trying to warn Jerry that, “ It’s
not that simple, Jerry. Brother Leon won’t let you get away with it. “ By the end of the
book Goober went to the rally when he was sick and tried to see if he could help Jerry
possibly before it had begun or after it was over because he knew that he had no control
of the unfolding events at the present time. At the very end of the book, after Jerry got
beat up by Emile Janza, Goober helped Jerry and told him, “ Everything will be alright…”
That was my idea of “good”, hole-hearted, honest, loyal, polite, and most of all a person
who helps people when they are in need of help. Goober displayed those traits within the
choices and responsibilities that he had throughout the book. Those are the qualities
that I found very appealing and admirable. I admire him to the fullest extent and I would
probably do the same thing if I were in hiss position.

I despise Archie Costello (The Assigner) the most because he was a part of The Vigils and
also because he was evil. My idea of “evil” is not feeling guilt when that person should
feel guilt, being cruel to people and other things, and most of all a person who has
pleasure when inflicting pain on someone or something, to be specific…a sadistic person.
Basically Archie was the biggest evil that there was according to my standards. For
example when Brother Jacques asked, “ Why did you do it to him, Archie? “ Archie replied
bitterly and cruelly, “ I don’t know what you are talking about. “ That expressed
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