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  1. Explain how Hill and Golding present death in Im the King of the Castle and Lord of the Flies respectively?

    Another aspect of symbolism regarding the crow is when the crow ?circles over Kingshaw?, symbolically death looms over Kingshaw. This is comparable to the symbolism of death in Lord of the Flies where ?The Lord of the Flies? also symbolises death: one example of this is when the Lord of the Flies states ?we?re going to have fun?- it is a statement, rather than a question, an imperative. The ?fun? that is described refers to evil, ultimately the death of Simon.

    • Word count: 875
  2. Explore how isolation is used by the authors Hill and Golding in their respective novels?

    Piggy himself appears to accept that he is not accepted by referring to the islanders as ?them other kids?; the word ?them? highlights this clear difference in social status between Piggy and the other islanders and hence why he is excluded. One could argue that Golding is utilising social isolation to criticise British culture; as many were a victim of social prejudice when this book was published in the 1950s. This is comparable to the social isolation faced by Kingshaw in I?m the King of the Castle; which, like Piggy?s, is caused by Kingshaw being a member of the lower class.

    • Word count: 863
  3. Hill presents Edmund Hooper as a violent imposing figure, who shows no sympathy.

    By not including any expression, the reader is given the impression that Edmund is ignorant to the death of Kingshaw's father, he is instead focused on being an imposing figure. Edmund is portrayed as an imposing figure and his unsympathetic nature reinforces this view. Furthermore Edmunds actions portray him as a imposing figure; "Hooper looked at him coldly", the word 'coldly' would suggests lack of emotion and 'warmth'. Edmunds lack of emotion 'frightens' the readers.

    • Word count: 565
  4. Explain how Hill and Golding present death in "I'm the King of the Castle" and "Lord of the Flies"?

    Another aspect of symbolism regarding the crow is when the crow ?circles over Kingshaw?, symbolically death looms over Kingshaw. This is comparable to the symbolism of death in Lord of the Flies where ?The Lord of the Flies? also symbolises death: one example of this is when the Lord of the Flies states ?we?re going to have fun?- it is a statement, rather than a question, an imperative. The ?fun? that is described refers to evil, ultimately the death of Simon.

    • Word count: 875
  5. How does Hill present childish behaviour in "I'm the King of the Castle"?

    but also echoes that chant like whines of small children. The importance of this line is signalled through the use of italics, which suggests that there is a degree of stress on Kingshaw whilst he speaks, again like a child. Another way that Hill explores childishness in the novel is through her description of Hooper soiling himself: Hill describes a ?dark damp stain? of pee in the groin of Hooper?s jeans?.

    • Word count: 534

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