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fiestasassypants | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2008 at 8:32 AM via web

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Can you help me describe Castle Rock from Lord of the Flies?

How is it connected to the island? I thought some cliffs were mentioned in the text somewhere near Castle Rock but I'm not sure. Either that or they made a bridge to go across. Please help?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 16, 2008 at 10:39 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 6, the boys discover Castle Rock.  There the reader is given a description of the formation. and told that Jack sees a pink rock cliff that he describes as a "castle".  There is a thin walk way, or bridge, of rocks connecting the rock cliff to the island.  On top of the cliff, there are large rock boulders that Jack plans to use to roll onto enemies as they cross the rock bridge.  The separation of the large rock formation from the rest of the island is evidence of the separation of Jack and his followers from the main island and from civilization.  It is another symbol of the increasing savagery of the boys.  The rock has no life on it like the island does - it's cold, hard rock.  Jack seeing it immediately as a fortress with available weapons is more proof of that progression toward savagery.

 

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