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Explain the importance of Warings in the novel? Warings is an 'isolated' and 'entirely graceless' country house belonging to a lonely middle-class widower, Mr Joseph Hooper. It is the place where the whole novel begins with and plays a significant role in the story. In short, Warings is important in several aspects - the setting of the story, the kind of atmosphere and mood it creates, the themes it portray as well as the symbol it represents in the story. In a way, Warings is the 'focal point', where the main characters of the novel, Mr Hooper and his son, Edmund along with Mrs Helena Kingshaw and her son, Charles all play a part in the novel. To put this in simple words, Warings is important because it brings the characters together. It acts as the frame of a jigsaw puzzle, where the characters, which are the jigsaw pieces, fit in nicely. Different characters come to Warings for different reasons. For Mr Hooper, Warings was a "prepossessing house" which would "lend him both importance and support". This house would be his "place in the country" which "would make up for a good deal". ...read more.


The rhododendrons and yew trees are described to have "dark green, leathery leaves and toughness of stem. The trees appear in "gathered shapes", as though they are armed guards guarding the house from intruders. This mirrors the actual event taking place, that Hooper is jealously protecting his territory with his mindset that "Nobody should come here and that Warings was his house and he "got here first". Kingshaw is like the intruder who trespasses his territory. Apart from that, the unfriendly illustration of Warings reflects that there is no tenderness or warmth within the house and among the occupants, which especially applies to Hooper's cold treatment towards Kingshaw. For instance, when Kingshaw arrives, he throws down a paper with the words "I DON'T WANT YOU TO COME HERE" written on it. He initiates the hostility and makes aggressive body language like "raising his eyebrows". In addition, Warings brings out some of the themes which have been emphasized in the novel. One of the several themes is concerned with the class-consciousness of people. To Edmund, Warings which is his home, is his castle and represents his weight and worth. ...read more.


This foreshadows Hooper's absolute power/ability to destroy. Warings is Hooper's territory and Hooper is the predator, waiting to pounce on its victim, the prey (Kingshaw) Hooper will bring about death and destruction. It shows Hooper's personality and foreshadows the role that he will play in the novel, as the bully and the predator, hunting Kingshaw down in a relentless prosecution. 'fascinated by them, excited' The sense of death appeals to Hooper. Warings is also much like a Gothic mansion, it is isolated enough to stop any outsiders from finding out what Hooper is doing there, it has numerous dark, frightening rooms, and many dead bodies. Immediately the setting and the death of the grandfather sets the setting of the Gothic atmosphere for the whole story, the morbid Edmund thinks that he looks like a skeleton or a ghostly, pale dead moth, even before he dies. For Kingshaw, he feels that "The worst of all was the house, with the dark rooms and the old furniture and the cases of moths, he would always have to come back to it." Therefore, Warings is the most important place as it is a Gothic house of horrors filled with evil and death. It is a place that Hooper uses to trap and torture Kingshaw. Esther Grace Jin Mei Michelle ...read more.

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