is Ishmael and the islanders eating the apples at the end supposed to be like an allegory for the Jonestown mass suicide or that type of thing? like the poisoned apples are kool aid analogs
maybe I'm actually remembering the book wrong since I haven't read it in a couple years but this thought just occurred to me. I mean since I first read these books in elementary school some of the darker stuff might have gone over my head
I don't know much about the Jonestown mass suicide, but looking it up, I'd say it's not the most direct parallel; the Jonestown cultists died from knowingly ingesting poisoned drinks, while the islanders would have died by not eating apples which contained an antidote. It's almost an inversion on a practical level. On a thematic level, though, you're right that there's some similarity - a powerful personality, leader of a cult-like group with very strong beliefs and in a desperate situation, essentially dooming them to death rather than give up an inch of his power. I don't think it's a direct Jonestown reference, but it's in the same spirit.
Post by Emerald Snicket on Dec 3, 2015 12:00:09 GMT -5
I've always thought that it was a Biblical allusion? You know, the island being the Garden of Eden and Ishmael being God, the islanders the animals, the Baudelaires Adam and Eve, and the tree in the arboretum the Tree of Knowledge and Good and Evil with the apples as forbidden fruit? Besides, a snake literally offers them an apple.