What is the significance of the lights going off again as Archie and Obie sit in silence in The Chocolate War? The passage is "The lights went off again. Archie and Obie sat there awhile not saying anything and then made their way out of the place in darkness."  

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Symbolically, the lights going off signify the triumph of evil. The stadium is plunged into darkness twice; once when Jerry collapses in defeat, signalling the victory of evil over good, and again at the end of the book when Archie and his henchman Obie sit, as they did in the beginning of the book, evil but untouchable.

Brother Jacques turns off the lights in an attempt to stop the fight and the momentum of the aroused crowd in the bleachers. The first time he does it, Archie goes to the control room to see what...

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