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Consider the theme of loneliness in the novel "I am the king of the castle"

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Consider the theme of loneliness in the novel "I am the king of the castle" The novel "I am the King of the Castle" clearly explores the themes of loneliness, sadness and depression in its plot. All of the main characters have dificulties with relationships and end up facing depressive moments and expiriences, some insignificant but some crucial and terrifing. Joseph Hooper (father), Edmund Hooper (son) and Charles Kingshaw are three characters showing explicit loneliness almost throughout the whole novel. Their loneliness is shown by several reasons and caused by a large number of factors, most involving family issues. Joseph Hooper's loneliness is caused mainly by his everyday lifestyle and habits. The loss of his wife made him deserted and very distant from his own son, Edmund Hooper. He is absent from the life of his son, ending up with having no one at all. Susan Hill makes us notice Joseph Hooper�s loneliness in several ways using special techniques. It is easy to tell he is lonely without having to read much into the book or into his character. He doesn't have a wife, and is not close to his son at all, neither by companionship nor by simply just educating him. Susan Hill also describes him in a very insecure way. We can notice this because he is always trying to prove himself to other people, even to his son, showing immaturity and lack of confidence. ...read more.


Hill does not allow Kingshaw to fight back or defend himslef. Instead, she keeps building up the tension throughout the whole book. Even though every reader would like Kingshaw to answer back to Hooper and get the liberty he diserves, she makes him sound as if he had the assurance that he is going to lose. Even when he has the control, in Hangwoods, he dosen't take advantage of the situation, showing he is good hearted and really needs someone close to him in his life, which is something he never really had. Hill presents to us lots of flaws connecting Kingshaw, most involving his emotions. When he is "searching feverishly" for his father's picture just to prove to Edmund that his father took part of the army we have the impression that he is emotionally unstable. Kingshaw also sets us the image of a coward. He fears Edmund, but hates him on the inside. He demonstrates no stability and has thousand of thoughts that he needs to keep only to himself. Kingshaw has a desperate need of asserting himself to Hooper, clearly showing that he is dominated. Throughout the novel, Charles' increasing loneliness and desperation is demonstated by the heat in the plot. He is made as a prisoner by Hooper and is afraid to stay and afraid to leave. Hill uses short sentences to convey Kingshaw's paranoia. She also pilles up sentences to create a hysterical effect and presents to us a sequence of fobias that Charles has to represent his insecurity and terror, such as his fear of water. ...read more.


Already with ten years old his life is full of anger, mean thoughts and plans to get what he wants. In my opinion, all of the three characters are in need of affection and appreciation towards the whole novel. It is all a cycle. If Joseph Hooper wasn't lonely, he probably wouldn't treat Edmund in such a blind way and then Edmund would probably not bully Kingshaw actually forcing him to complete his tragic suicide. All of the three characters show explicit loneliness. Joseph nad his lack of confidence take him towards his simple boring and insignificant life. Edmund's habit of being alone with no one looking after him leads him into a very narrowed mind, that suggests that he needs to be alone and be the best when actually the thing he most wants is enchantment and worship. Kingshaw's suffering mostly comes from his mother's atitude, but he is so used to also being alone that he dosen't attemp to save himself or ask for help, he gives up taking death as an easier option than persistance and fighting. Susan Hill's cinematic view, helps to create tension and increases the characters feelings. The theme loneliness is carried through the whole book. It is actually the principal subject and doesen't even get better at the end. As well as leading one of the characters to suicide, the loneliness remais because Hooper got what he wanted at the end but he is in fact still alone and miseralble with the same deterring father and Miss Kingshaw. Sophie Secaf 11/08/05 ...read more.

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