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The Cane

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Jack's father's cane is the ultimate symbol of Jack's childhood trauma. Although the cane isn't used on Jack, his father quite nearly beats Jack's mother to death with it. The roque mallet becomes Jack's version of his father's cane. He echoes the horror he witnessed so long ago when he beats Wendy with the mallet.

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