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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"Castle rock" is quite literally the castle-like rock formation that Ralph and the boys decide to explore at the end of Chapter Six of Lord of the Flies. The area is described as consisting of rocky ground with two sides of an island connected by a narrow ledge of rock. The side of the castle is described as being a hundred feet tall with a "pink bastion" and a top "littered with great lumps that seemed to totter." 

With Ralph in the lead and Jack following closely, the boys explore the area. Jack proclaims, "What a place for a fort," and clearly sees the area as an advantageous space for any future battles. Ralph protests that the area is not well-equipped with necessities; there is no food, shelter, and minimal fresh water. With tensions rising, the chapter ends with the boys in a "mutinous" silence and with Jack leading the way across the bridge. 

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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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