In the book The Chocolate War, what do other people think of Archie Costello and what does he look like? I just want to know what people think of him

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Archie's introduced in Chapter 2 as the cynic who is convinced that people are weak and self-centered. He enjoys manipulating people every chance he gets. He comes up with assignments to show how powerful the Vigils are in controlling the students at school. Archie acts as the communication between the students and the adults at school. He and Brother Leon may not care for each other, but they need each other to maintain control.

Jerry is the only student to have the courage to stand up to Archie and the Vigils. Everyone else views Archie in one of three ways. The guys in his gang, such as Carter and Obie, carry out his orders and are indifferent to the evil things they do. Then you have the group that is indifferent to what Archie and the Vigils do. As long as they are left alone, they can't be bothered with taking a stand against the Vigils. Then you have those who represent the weakest in theschool, those who hate the Vigils, but they can never get enough courage to stand up to them.Roland is one of this group who is given his first assignment to loosen the screws in all the furniture.

Overall, Archie controls the school with Brother Leon. Almost everyone is afraid of Archie in one way or another. Jerry is the only one willing to test his authority.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial