The Chocolate War

by

Robert Cormier

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Emile Janza Character Analysis

A school bully whose animalistic love of violence proves useful to Archie Costello. Archie is blackmailing Emile—Emile believes that Archie has a compromising photo of Emile, which shows him masturbating on school property. Though Emile puts up a wild, devil-may-care front, he is firmly in Archie’s palm, and often does Archie’s bidding—such as when he corners Jerry after school, calls him a “fairy” and a “queer,” and beats him up with the help of several neighborhood friends in an attempt to humiliate Jerry into bending to the Vigils’ will. Though Janza is tough and cruel, he is motivated by a very real sense of fear and a desire to belong. As he prepares for his climactic fight against Jerry at the end of the novel, Janza reveals that all he truly wants is to be a member of the Vigils one day.

Emile Janza Quotes in The Chocolate War

The The Chocolate War quotes below are all either spoken by Emile Janza or refer to Emile Janza. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ember edition of The Chocolate War published in 2004.
Chapter 31 Quotes

"You listen,” Janza said, cool now, knowing he had struck a vulnerable spot. “You're polluting Trinity. You won't sell the chocolates like everybody else and now we find out you're a fairy." He shook his head in mock, exaggerated admiration. "You're really something, know that? Trinity has tests and ways of weeding the homos out but you were smart enough to get by, weren't you? You must be creaming all over—wow, four hundred ripe young bodies to rub against . . ."

"I'm not a fairy," Jerry cried.

“Kiss me," Janza said, puckering his lips grotesquely.

"You son of a bitch," Jerry said.

The words hung on the air, verbal flags of battle. And Janza smiled, a radiant smile of triumph. This is what he'd wanted all along, of course. This had been the reason for the encounter, the insults.

"What did you call me?" Janza asked.

“A son of a bitch," Jerry said, measuring out the words, saying them deliberately, eager now for the fight.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Emile Janza (speaker)
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 202
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Chapter 35 Quotes

"What do you say, Renault? Do you accept the rules?"

What could he say? After the phone calls and the beating. After the desecration of his locker. The silent treatment. Pushed downstairs. What they did to Goober, to Brother Eugene. What guys like Archie and Janza did to the school. What they would do to the world when they left Trinity.

Jerry tightened his body in determination. At least this was his chance to strike back, to hit out. Despite the odds Archie had set up with the raffle tickets.

“Okay," Jerry had said.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Archie Costello (speaker), Emile Janza, The Goober, Brother Eugene
Page Number: 225
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Chapter 36 Quotes

“I don't know how you do it, Archie," Carter was forced to admit.

"Simple, Carter, simple." Archie reveled in the moment, basking in Carter's admiration, Carter who had humiliated him at The Vigils meeting. Someday he'd get even with Carter but at the moment it was satisfying enough to have Carter regarding him with awe and envy. "You see, Carter, people are two things: greedy and cruel. So we have a perfect set-up here. The greed part—a kid pays a buck for a chance to win a hundred. Plus fifty boxes of chocolates. The cruel part—watching two guys hitting each other, maybe hurting each other, while they're safe in the bleachers. That's why it works, Carter, because we're all bastards.”

Carter disguised his disgust. Archie repelled him in many ways but most of all by the way he made everybody feel dirty, contaminated, polluted. As if there was no goodness at all in the world. And yet Carter had to admit that he was looking forward to the fight, that he himself had bought not one but two tickets. Did that make him like everybody else—greedy and cruel, as Archie said?

Related Characters: Archie Costello (speaker), Carter (speaker), Jerry Renault, Emile Janza
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 231
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Chapter 37 Quotes

Triumphantly, he watched Janza floundering on weak, wobbly knees. Jerry turned toward the crowd, seeking—what? Applause? They were booing. Booing him. Shaking his head, trying to reassemble himself, squinting, he saw Archie in the crowd, a grinning, exultant Archie. A new sickness invaded Jerry, the sickness of knowing what he had become, another animal, another beast, another violent person in a violent world, inflicting damage, not disturbing the universe but damaging it. He had allowed Archie to do this to him.

And that crowd out there he had wanted to impress? To prove himself before? Hell, they wanted him to lose, they wanted him killed, for Christ's sake.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Archie Costello, Emile Janza
Page Number: 242
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Emile Janza Character Timeline in The Chocolate War

The timeline below shows where the character Emile Janza appears in The Chocolate War. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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Archie watches as a boy named Emile Janza siphons gas from a classmate’s car. Archie asks Emile what he would do if... (full context)
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Archie tells Emile that he is a “beautiful” person for doing something so bold and reckless in broad... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Emile Janza approaches Archie and asks him if he still has “the picture.” Archie feigns ignorance... (full context)
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Though the tone of the conversation is light and teasing, Archie knows that Emile is deadly serious about getting the picture back. The “terrible irony,” Archie thinks, is that... (full context)
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Now, Archie watches as Emile, apparently feeling secure enough that his secret is safe with Archie, begins to pick on... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...a voice ask him what his hurry is. Several feet ahead of him, he sees Emile Janza. Janza begins taunting Jerry, and though Jerry attempts to deflect Janza’s questions, he knows... (full context)
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...has just come from a terrible football practice, and does not want to deal with Janza. Nevertheless, when Janza accuses Jerry of being a “wise guy,” Jerry asks why Janza thinks... (full context)
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Jerry does not respond, and Janza teases him for blushing. Janza accuses Jerry of polluting Trinity—not just by refusing to sell... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Archie, over the phone, chides Janza for recruiting others to beat up Jerry. Janza protests that he thought such a beating... (full context)
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Emile asks Archie what’s next, but Archie advises Emile to cool it for now—though he is... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...marvels at his success in manipulating such an event as he looks at Jerry and Janza, standing alone in the boxing ring on the football field. (full context)
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...had called Jerry on the phone and offered him the chance to get revenge on Janza, and on the entire school. Archie framed the event as an endcap to the chocolate... (full context)
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...humiliating fool’s errand. As Archie explains the rules of the match to both Jerry and Janza, Jerry accepts them. Now is his chance to strike back against Trinity and all the... (full context)
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Emile Janza, meanwhile, is tired of being treated like a bad guy. He just likes to... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...the raffle tickets, which each bear an instruction for one of the fighters: for example, “Janza, right to jaw.” The “unexpected twist” on a traditional raffle came to Archie in what... (full context)
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...that Archie be made to pull from the box twice—once for Renault, and once for Janza. Now, at the sight of the black box, the bleachers go completely silent—only members of... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...by Obie and pulls out the first slip of paper. It instructs Renault to hit Janza with a right to the jaw. Jerry and Janza face each other; in compliance with... (full context)
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Carter pulls out another slip; this one instructs Janza to hit Jerry with a right uppercut to the jaw. Jerry plants himself, and Janza... (full context)
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The next slip is Janza’s, as is the one after that—the second slip, however, instructs Janza to deliver a “low... (full context)
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...is having trouble defending himself, and wishes he could just get one more hit on Janza in. When the tired Janza lags for a moment, Jerry takes his opening and swings.... (full context)
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Janza begins beating Jerry again. From up in the stands, The Goober counts the blows—fifteen, sixteen,... (full context)