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?
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.