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  1. Explain and discuss the importance of the setting to the actions of characters and events in 'Wuthering Heights' and 'I'm the king of the castle'

    Warings is a large house built by the first Joseph Hooper who was a successful businessman. The present Mr Hooper made no contribution to it and knows himself to be weak and unsuccessful, but he believes the house will provide him with the status he believes is right. Warings represents the family pride. The house is very isolated and has a dark and gloomy atmosphere, it is an ugly house holding no happy memories and creates a sombre atmosphere from the beginning. 'Warings was ugly, it was entirely graceless, rather tall and badly angled, built out of dark red brick.

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  2. Based on the novel by Susan Hill. A young lawyer is sent to wind up the affairs of a deceased woman. He begins to put two and two together about her strange life, alone in a big mysterious house.

    But this, and the early Lovecraftian clumsiness (e.g. to evoke eeriness by saying something's eerie), subside as the terrors gather inexorable momentum. You will leave the landing light on when you get home. The reason for this is that Woman in Black isn't so much a play as an interactive experience (yes, that was horribly pretentious and I apologise) and I get thoroughly over-excited when talking about it. Based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name, the production has been running in London since 1989 and has been translated into more languages than you can name and is now mid-way through a national tour.

    • Word count: 4241
  3. 'Woman in Black'

    Further on in the novel the reader is introduced to Stella, Arthur's fianc´┐Że. We are left to wonder what happened to her and how come he ends up happily married to Esme. Arthur's story is labelled not, 'casual entertainment,' but a story of, 'haunting and evil, fear and confusion, horror and tragedy'. The cosy atmosphere becomes slightly soured. At the end of chapter one Hill writes, 'When it was over, I would have work to do.' The sentence is effective because it ends the chapter in a cliffhanger, which again leads to more questions and builds up suspense of what is to come.

    • Word count: 1186
  4. Chips with Everything - Corporal Hill

    The language is gruesome, intimidating and frightening; this is all to gain the respect from the recruits. Going back to this contradictory image, he also shows this in his attitude towards the 'softer', more vulnerable targets in his hut. He seems to relish telling them, "some of you shall end up crying," This statement seems harsh and heartless as he is prepared to take a man to breakdown and even cry, this man would then be defenceless and embarrassed, but then straight after shows his protective side, "I don't want to see anyone laughing at him.

    • Word count: 2073
  5. The Pearls of Primrose Hill - Folder Piece - From the point of view of the boy

    And so, I stole the bike. Cruising along, I was hysterical; after all, nothing could stop me, as I was invincible. It didn't take me long at all to reach the hill, and I was going at 60 miles per hour when I went through it. Then, suddenly, I saw the enemy. I aimed for it, and then I began to charge at full speed. The impact was overwhelming, and a sense of joy infested me, knowing that single handedly I had obliterated the enemy. However, I was on the ground now, I couldn't feel anything, it was a struggle to move, not that I nor anyone else cared.

    • Word count: 800
  6. Discuss the significance of the title "I'm The King Of The Castle".

    first throws down a piece of paper from his bedroom saying "I don't want you to come here" as if he was a medieval Lord asking for a challenge (page 25) and immediately Kingshaw put the paper in his pocket fearfully, showing the reader that he isn't such a strong boy, and doesn't appear to tell his mother many things as he didn't tell her about this small incident. Also I think that Hooper picked his bedroom very wisely, as it is at the top of the house and it overlooks everything, Hooper shows that he is the owner of the house by being the King of the castle as he is very high up.

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  7. Hardy and Hill both present the reader with female characters who are isolated and ostracized by society. Compare and contrast the ways in which both writers deal with these themes.

    The isolation of the female protagonists is immediately obvious in their places of residence. Warings is "some distance away from any other house" and Brook lives in "a lonely spot high above the water meads". Also, references to their past hint at their isolated feelings, "Tis hard for she", and this is confirmed in how they act around others. Brook's way of coping is to silently work "somewhat apart from the rest." Conversely, Kingshaw tends to babble and desperately try to please others and make a new start in life.

    • Word count: 1462
  8. Area 51 - Creative writing.

    My mouth getting drier and drier with every breath I take. Suddenly as I stop a rain cloud covered me and rain fell all over me soaking from head to toe. I look up at the rain cloud. The rain dripping in my mouth refreshing me, running down the side of my face and dripping off. A huge hum-v appeared on the horizon on top of the hill and then drove away. I started to walk towards the hill and two jet plans came strait over my head, heading in the direction of the hum-v.

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  9. I'm the King of the castle

    The parents are very superficial both lacking their partner for many years and they both lacked the ability to show their love to their children. Instead of showing their love they turned a blind eye to the bullying of Kingshaw and pretended that every thing was fine because their relationship was becoming closer. Little did they know that the closer they became the more chilling and frightening the relationship between Hooper and Kingshaw became. Early on in the book Hooper and Kingshaw learn their roles of Bully and victim respectively and throughout the book the story relies on the balance of power between Kingshaw and Hooper.

    • Word count: 546
  10. In this essay I am going to attempt to analyze to which extent the other characters in the book contribute to Kingshaw's death. Firstly I will explain each of the characters roles to which put Kingshaw to death.

    The situation from where Mrs. Kingshaw doesn't want to help her son or under stand his problems follows a parael line to the happiness of the relationship between her and Mr. Hooper. As she lacks a husband and Kingshaw lacks a Father she must think that it is a phase that all boys pass through at some stage in their lives. A quote shows how she misunderstands Kingshaws unhappiness in chapter ten also shows Mrs. Kingshaw slowly tries to become Hooper's "mother".

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  11. Compare and contrast the portrayal of parent / child relationshipsin the two novels

    I think this is because Hooper is sent to a boarding school from a very young age and not had very much contact with his father. Comparing this kind of relationship with the relationship between Silas and Eppie in Silas Marner, it is very interesting to see the differences. Before Eppie even arrives in the book, the reader gets a very clear image of Silas in their head. He seems like a cold, distant, anti - social character, maybe incapable of loving anything (apart from the gold)

    • Word count: 2220
  12. Is 'The Woman in Black' a successful ghost story? - Susan Hill believes that a ghost story depends on 'atmosphere' and 'a sense of place'. Choose three passages from 'The Woman in Black' to show this.

    Susan Hill picks the right place to have Arthur Kipps' first sighting of the woman in black. She has the setting in a churchyard. When the reader comes across 'churchyard' you get the image of fear and decay. Using this Susan Hill goes into describing the churchyard in detail 'Ahead, where the wall ended in a heap of dust and rubble, lay the grey water of the estuary'. Susan Hill makes the image very precise. She also uses distinct contrast, '...across the tall grasses, and wild flowers of white and yellow and pink climbed and bloomed among the broken stones...'

    • Word count: 1940
  13. Analysis of the themes of Ghosts and The Supernatural with close reference to ‘The Woman in Black’ and ‘Violet Car’.

    The 'Violet Car' is about the violent death of a young girl. The man that had killed Mr. Eldridge's daughter was driving though the village in his violet car. He pulled up to Mr. Eldridge, and asked him for directions to Hexham. It was a foggy day, and Mr. Eldridge didn't like the driver so he told him that it was straight on, and the driver drove straight of the edge of a cliff. Mr. Eldridge was haunted with the pictures of the car driving off the cliff and everyday he saw it.

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  14. Who or what is to blame for the death of Kingshaw?

    Hooper also manoeuvres Fielding to where he wants him, turning him away from Kingshaw. Although Hooper's constant torment of Kingshaw appears a twisted, mature plan it is hard to neglect the fact that Hooper is just a child. He had a unemotional, distant relationship with his father, therefore his childhood responses with anyone are at best, likely to be cold. It is through no fault of his own that he is cold-hearted and corrupt, just the influence of society, and the lack of influence his father's presence has had on him.

    • Word count: 670
  15. Blists Hill open air museum - Accuracy of Reconstruction

    She was the doctors wife and could answer many of our questions so she knew what the role of the doctor was in them days. This lady informed us on the things that did not directly include medical practice. She told us the prices of a doctor which was sixpence although if someone could not afford a doctor they would pay in kindness by either working for the doctor until the debt is eradicated or give the doctor things they produced.

    • Word count: 1597
  16. How does Susan Hill evoke feelings of anxiety and fear in the reader?

    Also she did this so that we would believe in Ghost's. If something is packed full to the brim with horror, aliens and monsters, we would not believe it and so therefore the novel would be un- realistic. Victorian Ghost stories are dependant upon atmosphere. The worst writers piled on every spooky detail to send shudders up the spine. They were set in old isolated houses, lonely churchyards, castles, convents and empty narrow streets. Pathetic Fallacy (the atmosphere of weather) is a vital part in any Victorian Ghost story. Weather brings out the eeriness and atmosphere of a place. In the novel "Dracula" his house is surrounded by mist and fog.

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  17. Invisible Man – Character introduction of Griffin

    This would give the reader, immediately, the impression that he is a bizarre and mysterious man. He is a very quiet man and barely replies to questions and when he does, he does so in a very short and sharp manner, only when it is necessary. An example of this is when Mrs Hall is about to take his hat off and he distinctively responds "Leave the hat." One way the reader could find the character very mysterious is that his name is not revealed until the 17th chapter!

    • Word count: 554
  18. Explore The Ways In Which The Monster In Shelly's Frankenstein And Kingshaw In I'm The King Of The Castle Are Presented As Victims.

    They are simply requesting for equality to be treated the same and not as an individual because of their appearance or their past. Frankenstein is about human creation, which was very offensive to religion. It was written in1818 when all the people believed God created life and God took life. Galvanism was used in the story of Frankenstein, which was an early experiment in using electricity to resuscitate patients. It was amazing at that time to find out what science could do many people thought it was a miracle.

    • Word count: 1947
  19. Who was responsinble for the Death of Kingshaw?

    For example, Charles was shown to be afraid of a big crow which kept on coming back to him, so Hooper put a big crow which he had found at the attic beforehand, onto Kingshaw's bed in order to scare him. Hooper was able to turn the most ordinary object into a source of terror for Kingshaw. Kingshaw could not retaliate in any way, shape or form, instead he let Hooper get to him, and he was truly scared. "No Kingshaw thought, no.

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  20. Charles Kingshaw: A Coroner’s report

    Edmund, it appears had become very different to the secure, stable boy he once was. He apparently became very threatened by Charles' presence. He expressed this by a constant sense of "brotherly rivalry", always challenging the defenceless Kingshaw. Mind game after mind game, they are all listed in Edmund Hooper's confession to the child psychiatrist he met with before this inquest. Scaring him into some kind of submission, Charles constantly battled for power over his "opponent". But for what were they fighting?

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  21. How Well Is The Past Interpreted At The Blists Hill Museum?

    The mine was locked up which meant people weren't allowed to go inside and the mine had been blocked up after about 10 metres. These were for safety reasons but it meant that I could not get a good idea of what coal mining was like. It was very low to the ground, at about 5ft high and about 6ft wide. This would have meant that small people such as young children would have been working down the mines. Drift mines were dug deep into the hillside and help up by long wooden poles.

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  22. 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
  23. 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.

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  24. 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
  25. 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

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