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What is implied in Lord of the Flies when Golding says, "a stick sharpened at both...
Topic: Lord of the Flies
What is implied in Lord of the Flies when Golding says, "a stick sharpened at both ends"?
Could it mean that: since a regular spear has one sharp end but one round flat end, it doesn't mean pure evil whereas a stick sharpened at both ends could mean that who ever his utilising it is pure evil... is there a deeper meaning? HELP
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Ralph is huddled in the jungle near Castle Rock, as dusk passes. Sam and Eric, who are guarding Castle Rock under Jack's leadership, are approached by Ralph. They inform him that Jack's tribe will be out hunting him the next day, and they have "sharpened a stick at both ends." The "stick sharpened at both ends" is a reference to what they did with the Lord of the Flies, impaling one end in the head and the other in the ground. This shows the brutality of what they planned to do to Ralph, who indeed felt like a pig being hunted by the savages.
Enotes offers an excellent analysis of the novel, and the second URL I provide below is a site completely dedicated to it.
Posted by sagetrieb on October 7, 2007 at 10:16 AM (Answer #1)
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The above answer is excellent. The "stick sharpened at both ends" does manifest pure evil--Jack's. He intends to put Ralph's head on the one end and offer it to the Beast as he and the warriors have done with the pig's head. Jack's character has been revealed as completely dark, and as leader, he is leading the rest of the boys down the same path. Luckily for Ralph, Samneric (the twins) have a softer heart and the fire signals the Navy ship.
Posted by amy-lepore on October 7, 2007 at 9:19 PM (Answer #2)
thank you... that makes perfect sense
Posted by coolnerd on October 8, 2007 at 4:20 AM (Answer #3)
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