So the other day I watched Deliverance (don’t worry, this isn’t a Café thread) for the first time and started wondering about a scene in which Burt Reynolds shoots one of the moutain men (this is shortly after the infamous “Squeal like a pig, boy!” scene) in the back with what looks like a composite bow. We are treated to a gratuitous shot of the mountain man yelling in agony with the arrow completely through his body, the head and tail clearly visible.
It seems to me that if the arrow had enough force to penetrate the man’s torso and emerge, it should have been able to pass right through him. Isn’t most of the arrow’s forward momentum carried in its head? If it could slice through a target, why wouldn’t the smooth shaft just follow?
Please note, I’m trying to keep the sexual metaphors out of this, but it’s hard.