Describe how Jerry felt in the beginning of The Chocolate War?

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jerry's feelings after being tackled on the football field in the first chapter pretty much sum up how he feels about the world in general at the beginning of the book - "he had never felt so lonely in his life, abandoned, defenseless".  His mother, whom he loved very much, has recently died after a long and painful illness, his relationship with his father is strained, and he is a freshman at a new school, desperately trying to find a place for himself.  He's also "got guts", as he shows in his fierce determination to make the football team against all odds.