In The Chocolate War, how have Jerry and his father handled their grief? Is there any way Jerry and his father could have supported each other more?

In The Chocolate War, Jerry handles his grief by living in rage while his father handles his grief by becoming distant and emotionless. They could both support each other more by improving communication and confiding in each other about the death of Jerry's mother.

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In chapter nine, Cormier depicts how the death of Jerry's mother significantly impacted Jerry and his father's everyday lives and their relationship. Following the death of his mother, Jerry is overcome with rage and struggles to appropriately cope with the tragic situation. Jerry's anger keeps him up at night as he lays in his bed thinking about his mother's funeral and the way the disease ravaged her in the end. Jerry's father reacts differently to the death of his wife. Instead of experiencing anger, Jerry's father becomes completely numb and the narrator compares him to a sleepwalker and a puppet. The only moment of intimacy Jerry and his father experience together takes place at the cemetery when they finally hold each other and cry.

Following the funeral, Jerry and his father attempt to continue their daily routines and internalize their difficult feelings. Instead of seeking therapy or communicating their feelings, Jerry and his father isolate themselves, which only intensifies...

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