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I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill. - Throughout the novel, what is the relationship between Hooper and Kingshaw?

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James Davies Year 11 English Course work November 2002 I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill. Q. Throughout the novel, what is the relationship between Hooper and Kingshaw? In this novel there is one main theme, it is based around the hatred and animosity between Hooper and Kingshaw. Straight from the start of the two meeting Hooper makes sure to let his feelings be shown. Throughout the novel Kingshaw and Hooper are continually battling against each other and Hooper takes on the role of being a very nasty bully. As soon as Hooper finds out that someone else will be living with him, he immediately shows that he is not happy about it. Hooper's mother had died a while before and it seems that he had taken it rather badly. This is the only reason the book shows why Hooper is like he is. He wants to be alone; he likes to shut everyone away from him. When Hooper's guest, Kingshaw, arrives he straight away tries to make Kingshaw feel unwelcome. Before Kingshaw gets through the front door, Hooper throws down a lump of plasticine. ...read more.


Kingshaw finally thought that he had escaped the perils of Hooper, but to his dismay Hooper follows him. " I told you I'd come after you!" In the house things had been different, Hooper had had the upper hand, he was The King of The Castle! But out in Hang wood things were starting to change. It was now Kingshaw who was more in control. " Here they were more equal." A storm arrived, this made Hooper really scared, but it made Kingshaw realise that Hooper was human after all. Out there in the Wood it was his territory Hooper wasn't the King anymore. After being in the woods a while the two become a little bit friendlier but only slightly. Hooper bashes his toe and Kingshaw offers to put a plaster on it. These are signs that their relationship may get better. After they had returned home Kingshaw thought that things would probably improve, but not long after their return Hooper was back to his old tricks again. He locked Kingshaw in the shed. Kingshaw once again felt the feeling of entrapment. ...read more.


On the night before the start of school Hooper let Kingshaw know that he knew he had destroyed his battle plans and that he was going to do something bad to him. A note was put under kingshaw's door. " Something will happen to you, Kingshaw". Kingshaw was really worried he knew that Hooper would make his life at school a misery. So on the dawn of the next morning he got out of bed and went into the woods, this was it Hooper had finally won. Kingshaw could not go on through life looking behind his shoulder with an enemy like Hooper. Hooper had caused Kingshaw to commit suicide! In this novel the relationship between Hooper and Kingshaw is almost like a battle between two enemies. Hooper won battles by doing nasty things like locking Kingshaw in the moth room and putting the dead crow in his bed. But also Kingshaw won a few battles as well, he turned Hooper into a blubbering mess in the castle and made him frightened in the woods. But although Kingshaw was a strong character, Hooper was a strong tyrant who eventually won the final battle, "I did that, it was because of me". ...read more.

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