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Hill presents Edmund Hooper as a violent imposing figure, who shows no sympathy.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Hill presents Edmund Hooper as a violent imposing figure, who shows no sympathy? Hill presents the character Edmund Hooper as a unsympathetic character. Hill's uses the technique of 'unmitigated language' to present Edmund as unsympathetic character; "You were only tenants then", Edmund makes no effort to make his sentence any politer. The word "only" is chosen by Hill to try and 'degrade' Kingshaw's ' status and to portray him, inferior to Edmund. Hill continues to show that Edmund is an unsympathetic character; "When did he die?". The death of Kingshaw's father is a personnel matter, and the 'usual' person is likely to feel sympathetic towards Kingshaw. Hill purposefully gives the question asked by Edmund no expression, the reader has no idea how Edmund states the question. ...read more.


The reader develops an image of an emotionless child, Edmund shows no emotion towards his father either; "Hooper stood very still, turning the pencil round and round", the word 'still' can be linked to the lack of motion, Edmund is in one sense 'frozen', he emits no emotions, no warmth towards no one. 'Turning the pencil round and round' could suggest that Edmund is like an endless loop, he is shown to have no personality and trying to make contact with Edmund is like going 'round and round', you do not end up anywhere different, you keep on going round in a circle. Finally, Edmund is shown to be violent; "He raised his fists and came at Kingshaw". ...read more.


The word bash is not associated with humans but objects. It is unusual to say 'I'll bash you. Bash is a very violent word and the reader sees Edmund as intimidating and violent. The word "again" suggests that Edmund will willingly hurt someone, repeatedly. The repetetion of Edmunds violent nature tells gives the image of an imposing character. Hill tries to present Edmund as an imposing figure so that Edmunds character contrasts with Kingshaw. The reader sees Kingshaw as the victim and Edmund as the bully. The conflict between Kingshaw and Edmund is what engages the reader, and as the two characters have opposing personalities, conflict occurs a lot more frequently. The reader continues to read in anticipation that more conflict will occur, the conflict excites the reader and produces suspense. ...read more.

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