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How does Susan Hill gradually increase the tension between the two boys (Kingshaw and Hooper)?

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How does Susan Hill gradually increase the tension between the two boys (Kingshaw and Hooper)? Focusing on three key incidents in "I'm the King of the Castle" (one from the beginning, middle and end), write an essay on how the reader is prepared by the author for the death of Kingshaw. The novel "I'm the King of the Castle" is a story about a mother and her son going to a house owned by a father and his son. The whole story is based around a confrontation between the two boys in and around the house. The three key incidents I will use will be the scene in the Red Room, the scene in Hang Wood and, finally, the scene in Leydell Castle. The son of the father who owns the house (Hooper) has a protective feeling over the house. Hooper feels that the family moving in has invaded his territory. Hooper feels that he has to defend "his" house by whatever force needed even though the house isn't his. ...read more.


From the scene in the Red Room, Susan Hill gives the sense of further conflicts about to happen because she writes, "he would not do anything to make Hooper feel that he had won" and "it was very important to stand up to Hooper, even if only he himself knew that he had done so" and " all that Kingshaw thought was that it can't go on forever". Susan Hill shows tension by showing Kingshaw having to talk to himself to try and calm himself down. The scene in Hang Wood is a critical point in the story. Kingshaw decides that he has had enough of Hooper and decided to run away closely followed by Hooper, which Kingshaw does not know about. As night falls, a storm comes over which brings thunder and lightning. During this scene, Kingshaw finds out that Hooper is afraid of thunder and lightning and momentarily, Hooper relies on Kingshaw to look after him. ...read more.


We also find out how shocked Kingshaw is of what he has thought. In the whole story, Susan Hill uses some very simple but yet sophisticated techniques when Hooper and Kingshaw talk to each other. Firstly, she makes the boys' speech simple and usually short and also writes the dialogue using slang and colloquial expressions. This way of writing dialogue works well as it shows the way in which they dislike talking to each other and being in each other's presence. Another point is that the boys' rivalry, and need to impress one another, is reflected in aspects of their speech, which is a cleverly done by Susan Hill. The way she does this is by using words such as thick and stupid when trying to insult each other. Also Susan Hill ends their speeches with the words such as "so" and "then" to express challenge or defiance and sometimes mockery. Also the speech that is used by Susan Hill is mainly used to try and show that both boys seem that it is all a big game to try and get "one up on each other". By Andrew Riddell 5P 873 Words ...read more.

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