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How does this chapter reveal a new level of sophistication in Hooper's persecution of Kingshaw?

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English Literature Assignment How does this chapter reveal a new level of sophistication in Hooper's persecution of Kingshaw? In this chapter, we see Kingshaw in a very desperate situation. Early in the morning while they were having breakfast, Mr Hooper broke the news of Kingshaw joining Hooper at his school instead of going back to St, Vincent's. It clearly shows that Kingshaw was panic-stricken and started running around the house like a wild animal. He longed to go back to the woods where he felt the sense of security. However, he found the shed and it gave him a temporary sense of relief. However, it is a kind of irony that Hooper actually finds Kingshaw at a place where he considers it was safe. When he locks Kingshaw in it, he is silent. Even after Kingshaws calls out to him three times. This shows that Hooper is trying to demonstrate power his control over Kingshaw by leaving Kingshaw in the darkness. However, Kingshaw pretends to be unafraid and even acted a brave front to Hooper. ...read more.


He then thought about the times they had in the woods where they could almost be friends. However, jolting back to reality, he felt that this is made impossible for Hooper threatens Kingshaw with further torments in the future. Where he claimed that he would be the head of the dorm I the new term and he could control Kingshaw. He started talking about how new-comers would be condemned by the students there. Hooper then further haunts Hooper with the past experience of being locked up in the red room. He reminds Hooper of the moths and even said that there were rats and bats in the shed. The shed is somewhat like the Red Room, dark, mysterious and Kingshaw was again locked up in it all by himself. Kingshaw started to be afraid of what Hooper had said and did not dared to stand up or crawl back towards the light under the door. Because he was afraid of what there might be in the shed. This shows that Kingshaw is weak. ...read more.


Kingshaw is the innocent victim who has done nothing to provoke such malice. Hooper then let Kingshaw out of the shed. Back at warings, Hooper told Mrs Kingshaw that they had been playing bandits. Instead of asking him more about it, she believed Hooper. Kingshaw's mother, who should protect her son, makes only the most superficial enquiry about what they had been doing. The adults only made the situation worse by their blind insensitivity, and their plans for their future. Their weakness is despicable. Hooper was now able to push Kingshaw to the edge of desperation. Hooper no longer 'bully' Kingshaw. Instead, he pushes kingshaw a little too far. Kingshaw is now helpless. He could not defend himself anymore. He had many violent intentions like killing Hooper. But he does not show it nor does he exert it on Hooper. He is also weak and sensitive. Every little remark could cause a lot of harm to this vulnerable young boy. This chapter reveals how Hooper causing Kingshaw to be hysterical and desperate. This chapter starts unveiling how Kingshaw wanting to get out of Hooper and in the end killing himself in the stream. Hooper manage to exert even more control on him. While Kingshaw just back away without retaliating. 940 words 1 ...read more.

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