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Jerry's Non-Conformity - Inspiring or Destructive? I've always been sympathetic with...

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM via web

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Jerry's Non-Conformity - Inspiring or Destructive?

I've always been sympathetic with Jerry's decisions and impressed by his strength of character in The Chocolate War, yet a recent reading left me wondering if Jerry is best understood as a strong individual with deeply rooted integrity or as a risk-taker with an urge to risk his own safety in order to prove a point.

Is Jerry a hero, a fool, a reckless kid? Is he driven by trauma to be destructive or by strength to assert his own identity? 

What do you think?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM (Answer #2)

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I too have always been sympathetic to Jerry's character. Just when it seems that he is going to take a stand, he is deflated and chooses politeness over assertiveness. That said, I think that his character is a combination of everything. Given his intent, even though seldom carried out, Jerry is the epitome of the fourteen/fifteen year old boy.

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