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"The bright morning was full of threats and the circle began to change. It faced out, rather than in, and the spears of sharpened wood were like a fence."

Which of the following offers the most accurate and complete explanation of the significance of the quotation above?

A

It highlights the powerful effect that the transition from day to night has on the boys through its focus on light and time of day.

B

It reveals the rising tension and anger between members of the group through their decision to come to the meeting armed.

C

It shows that the boys are beginning to understand that the beast is, in fact, an internal rather than external threat, as shown through their shift in defensive posture.

D

It makes clear just how easily distracted the boys are, even in the face of grave danger, through their inability to focus inwards, where the real threat lies.

E

It shows the boys' fear of an actual beast, and how this causes them to band together, through the shift in the direction and purpose of their spears.

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