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Free Will Choices In "The Chocolate War" By Robert Cormier

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In life, destiny is already set. The plan is to make the correct decisions, free will is a gift God has given all living beings. A decision is based on free will, there is ether the right path or the wrong one. So, why not dare to be different? Jerry Renault chose a path that he did not think would cause him pain and suffering. The Chocolate War written by Robert Cormier illustrates what individuals go through at some point in their lifetime, making life changing decisions.
As the story begins, Jerry is introduced as a kid who is trying out for the football team, he’s a small kid standing at 5 9’ and a buck 45. He’s bullied around by many of this kids at school. His coach asks him, “What the hell you trying to play football for? You need more meat on those bones.” (Cormier 9) From here the author shows Jerry’s heart and determination from an early stage. Even though it was not likely that he would make the team, he chooses to come back the next day, ironically Jerry ends up being their starting quarterback. Jerry attends an all boys school. Simply put, with men and boys, whoever is the most dominant, is the most feared. The boys in the school constantly try proving themselves to one another, but none would dare step to the ring leader himself, Archie Costello. Archie heads the school gang named The Vigils, and has a great deal of power and integrity. Archie has been put in charge to run a schools fundraiser and needs recruits to help in effort. He is now trying to force Jerry into aiding him in the sale, Jerry simply refuses. Jerry was no fed up with being bullied and his refusal was a price that he was willing to pay for.
Later on, Jerry finds himself gazing at his football locker, a poster with the line at the bottom reads, “Do I dare disturb the Universe.” (Cormier 97) A significant piece in the novel, this is what people ask themselves daily, but blindly. In life, all humans wake up, either go to school, go to work, or just go out. There is no clue what your destiny has...

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