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Emily Smith Compare the author's treatment of the theme of good and evil in "I'm the king of the castle" and " Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde".

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Emily Smith Compare the author's treatment of the theme of good and evil in "I'm the king of the castle" and " Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde". In books generally the contrast between good and evil is a very popular theme. The power struggle is captivating and when evil wins over good we like to think that it may work out the other way round. This theme has been popular for quite a long time for example Shakespeare's Macbeth and the Greek tragedies. It is also seen today for example in Harry Potter. In both "Jekyll & Hyde" and " I'm the king of the castle" there is a huge contrast between these two extremes. These are represented by the two main characters. Dr. Jekyll and My Hyde centres itself around the conception of humanity as having a dual nature. Jekyll said, " man is not truly one, but truly two" "...all human beings...are commingled out of good and evil." that is between an "angel" and a "fiend" each struggling for mastery. In "King of the castle" the two main characters seem to represent the two poles of good and evil. In both stories the settings are dark, gloomy, creepy and quite secretive. The story of Jekyll and Hyde is set as a contrast not only between good and evil but also between interior and exterior. In the exterior crimes took place and in the interior are secret laboratories and elegant rooms. Jekyll's house is seen as an important metaphor. Its sinister black back entrance is related to Hyde and its public entrance used by Jekyll gives an impression of his great wealth. The houses are quite similar in both books. In "I'm the king of the castle " Waring's is described as being both "ugly" and " entirely graceless" and the door in Blackmail house in Jekyll &Hyde is described as being covered with " blisters & stains" showing that the initial impression is that these are not very attractive places. ...read more.

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do what I say" Kingshaw even "liked the dolls he felt more confident around them" this room where the dolls are in is his only secure place in the house. In the same way that Jekyll was uncomfortable with Hyde " My devil had long been caged but he came out roaring" and his only safe place was "Utterson's house" which "was a nice cosy looking place". Jekyll said he "was slowly losing hold of my original better self and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse " this is when he realises that Hyde has got a hold on him that he cannot release. This is like Hooper, who uses intimidation and dominance to get his way. Hooper knew that Kingshaw wanted to get away from him and so he just followed him " I told you I'd come after you, I said you wouldn't be able to get away" which even though Kingshaw thought this would happen he know " Hooper would come after him...hunting him down" was still a big horrible for him, because he feels trapped. Kingshaw "Felt absolutely alone", " There might be no-other person in the whole world" Which again shows how alone and isolated Kingshaw feels. The adults in King of the castle are so overjoyed at the great changes in their lives that they are totally oblivious to the events taking place with their own children. Mrs Kingshaw seems in a world of her own, where everything is happy and everyone is friends " we shall really see the friendship commended". Everything to her seems as thought it has to go well and turn out right. She told Edmund that living at warings was "her prayers answered" so thing must not go wrong as this is "her chance". Mr Hooper in the same way wants everything to please Mrs Kingshaw and he enjoys her company. ...read more.

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Another example is nuclear weapons. With science being so sophisticated anything could be created. These ideas reflect the concerns of the times in which they were written. At the time King of the Castle was written, it was thought that backgrounds, environments and upbringing were important indications of whether you were good or bad and that it had nothing to do with Satan or humans descending from apes. Hill wrote the book so that the characters could be believable at that age. The novel has a strong aspect of child psychology, both children came form very dysfunctional families and didn't not get a lot of attention or love from their mother figure. It was thought that they way we turned out was part of human nature and it can be nurtured one way or the other by parental care. In conclusion I think that both books express the themes of good and evil very well, but the authors have chosen different ways to portray this power struggle. Both novels have done this through choice of setting, structure and characters. In both books, the setting plays an important part in showing this power struggle. There are certain places which reflect the evil side winning, and in King of the castle these places seems to triumph over the few places in which Kingshaw feels safe. In both books the characters are the main key to this struggle between Evil and Good with both books leaving the reader feeling that evil had indeed triumphed over good. The authors explain this through the way people relate to each other in the time they were written. In Jekyll and Hyde, Stevenson is saying that Evil and Good are in all of us, they both exist inside one human. Whereas in King of the Castle, this idea is expressed in the two characters who have had different upbringings and Hill is saying that being good or evil is more to do with the way we have been nurtured and the experiences we have had in life. Word Count: 3,649 1 1 1 ...read more.

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