The Wasp Factory

by

Iain Banks

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The Killer Term Analysis

A young tree that Frank has converted into an enormous catapult. He primarily uses it to kill small rodents by firing them across the river to the mainland.
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The Killer Term Timeline in The Wasp Factory

The timeline below shows where the term The Killer appears in The Wasp Factory. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: In the Bunker
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Frank goes to visit a sapling he has named the Killer . He recalls using it to fire hamsters, mice, and gerbils across the creek. He... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Skull Grounds
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...pet graveyard; instead, he killed dozens of rodents by firing them into the creek with the Killer so he would have an excuse to excavate gravesites. After thirty-seven “flight experiments,” and thirty-seven... (full context)