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Themes in I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill I'm the King of the Castle has more than one theme. Some are more obvious and clear than others. Hatred is one of the main themes. There is much hatred between Hooper and Kingshaw in I'm the King of the Castle already from the start. Hatred is very important to the plot and much attention is paid to it. Bullying is how the hatred starts. The bullying starts because Kingshaw came and Hooper didn't want him there (Hooper drops a note saying "I didn't want you to come here"). There is also the absence of love in the book. Both parents do not understand their children well and are distant from them. ...read more.


Hooper is very distant from his son. Hooper's cruelty is shown on numerous occasions, except when he was afraid in the wood. The placing of the stuffed crow in Kingshaw's bedroom, the locking of Kingshaw into the Red Room once he realizes Charles is afraid of the moths and his lies and accusations are just a few of the examples. Hooper pretends to be kind and generous in front of the adults for example when he gives the cereal packet submarine to Kingshaw. We mostly see fear and phobias in Kingshaw but the readers manage to see that each character has a fear. Kingshaw has a fear of moths, crows etc. Some of the fears are phobias, inexplicable things like how Kingshaw has a fear of crows. ...read more.


Mrs Kingshaw doesn't want to be disappointed as she is hoping that her stay could be permanent. She is ignoring her son's unhappiness to make it happen. Mr. Hooper and Mrs. Kingshaw are very self-absorbed. In the first chapter a lot of stress is put on the generations of Hoopers. This could be because it is a very proud family. Warings is also described in it and the yew trees, when looking back on it this could have hinted the end and it set a gloomy atmosphere. Before Mr. Hooper thinks about the generations he also compares his relationship with his father to his relationship with his son, "He [Hooper] was his mother's son." All the themes are depressing but yet the book is still attractive. This is because some people can relate to the book and that is probably why it is still being read. 07.12.2003 Katrien Steenmans ...read more.

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