The Whipping Boy Setting & Symbolism

Sid Fleischman
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The Castle

The castle is the prince's home and the whipping boy's prison. It is where Jemmy learns to read, write, and do math. This place is the source of anger and resentment for both Prince Brat and the whipping boy.

The Whip/ Switch

The whip is the instrument with which the whipping boy is beaten. It symbolizes power and lack of power, depending on which end of the whip you find yourself on. It appears early in the story and later in the story after the boys' identities are switched.

Hold-Your-Nose Billy and Cutwater's Hut

The hut is located deep in the forest, protected by dense foliage that keeps the outlaws hidden. In contrast to the immaculately kept castle, this rickety hut is made of timber and has none of the comforts the castle provides.

The Prince's Crown

The crown, a symbol of royalty, is important when...

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