Archie decides that instead of having one kid sell his share this year, he will divide it among five. Archie feels like he is being compassionate. Notes This chapter sets up the power camps of Archie and Leon. Each has his own reasons for wanting the chocolate sale to be successful.
Plot[ edit ] The novel opens with protagonist Adam Farmer biking from his home in the fictional town of Monument, Massachusetts based on Cormier's home town of Leominster, Massachusetts [ citation needed ] to visit his father in Rutterburg, Vermont.
The story alternates with transcripts of tapes between a "subject" and Brint. The subject receives psychotherapy and is interrogated by Brint. As the book continues, it is revealed that Adam is the subject, who was formerly Paul Delmonte of a small New York town.
The family moved to Monument and escaped several close calls with their identities, but the parents are killed in the penultimate chapter in a car collision. The last chapter implies that WPP agents killed the family, and reveals that Paul is regularly interrogated on the topic.
Each time, Paul is unable to handle his realizations of his past and embarks on his delusion bike ride across the ground of the facility.
At the end of the last tape, Brint recommends authorization to kill Adam. Dupont - a friendly doctor in a mental hospital; Adam is his patient Junior Varney - a troublemaker and thief in Hookset Whipper and friends - bullies in Carver Old man by the gas station - warns him about trusting strangers The elderly couple - the man helps him out of the ditch, while the women criticizes him Title[ edit ] This quote is the last verse from " The Farmer In The Dell ", a song that Adam sings during the book: The cheese stands alone Heigh-ho, the merry-o The cheese stands alone He sings many of these songs throughout the novel.
The song contains several characters, each taking someone with them when the farmer leaves, yet the cheese has nobody. Adam believes that he is the cheese. He is alone in the world, his mother dead and his father missing, and he lives in a hospital.
He thinks that he is not wanted anymore. Also, as in other works by Cormier, there is a dual meaning to the title. The words "I am the cheese" may also represent Adam's feelings of entrapment: Literary significance and criticism[ edit ] The novel I Am the Cheese began Cormier's experimentation with first-person, present-tense narration.
When Cormier sent the manuscript to the publisher of his previous novel, The Chocolate Warhe was confused and depressed, convinced that he was alienating his new young adult audience because of the complex and ambiguous story. However, I Am the Cheese proved to be a success.
Awards and nominations[ edit ] I Am the Cheese was named to five annual book lists according to the publisher description of the 20th anniversary edition. It is named for the mythical bird phoenixwhich is reborn from its ashes, to suggest the book's rise from obscurity.Plot Overview Jerry Renault, a freshman at Trinity High School, has a confrontation with the school gang, The Vigils.
The Vigils, headed by Archie Costello, specialize in making assignments that other students have to complete. Plot Overview Jerry Renault, a freshman at Trinity High School, has a confrontation with the school gang, The Vigils. The Vigils, headed by Archie Costello, specialize in making assignments that other students have to complete.
The Chocolate War is a young adult novel by American author Robert Cormier.
First published in , it was adapted into a film in Although it received mixed reviews at the time of its publication, some reviewers have argued it is one of the best young adult novels of all time.
The Chocolate War is a novel of initiation in which the young protagonist, like the reader, learns a number of crucial lessons about the adult world—most of them negative.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier - The Chocolate War is a book written by Robert Cormier. It is about a teenaged boy named Jerry and his life as an individual at an . The Chocolate War study guide contains a biography of Robert Cormier, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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