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I'm The King Of The Castle, by Susan Hill - Who Is Responsible For The Final Tragedy In 'I'm The King Of The Castle?'

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English Coursework I'm The King Of The Castle, by Susan Hill Who Is Responsible For The Final Tragedy In 'I'm The King Of The Castle?' In my essay I am going to consider all the characters that have had an impact on the final tragedy, where Charles Kingshaw is found dead, having committed suicide. To do this I am going to study the characters individually and explain how they could have been responsible for the final tragedy in ' I'm The King Of The Castle'. Along with Charles, the other main character in the book is Edmund Hooper, son of Joseph Hooper and future heir to Warings, the home his grandfather had built in Derne. The house was some distance from any other and little had changed about it since it was first built. Made from dark red brick in gloomy surroundings, Edmund had unhappy memories of Warings from his early childhood. His mother, Ellen Hooper had died 6 years ago, so Edmund had been brought up by his father. He had no close relationship with his father and no respect for his grandfather. Edmund was a rude child, self-contained, scheming, clever, observant and closely resembled his mother. At the beginning of the book we discover what happens when Mrs Kingshaw and her son, Charles first arrived at Warings. ...read more.

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She is also very eager for Kingshaw and Hooper to become friends and keeps telling Kingshaw to make more of an effort. She does no have good conversations with her son and and cannot know him very well, as she does not see the hurt and strong emotions he is keeping locked away. She is elfish and repeatedly reminds Kingshaw that ' this is my chance,' unaware of her own son's needs and wants. Oblivious to her surroundings Mrs Kingshaw does not think there are any problems between Kingshaw and Hooper and tries her hardest to treat them equal even though Hooper is not her real son. Kingshaw is scared and frightened, but he refuses to give in and ask his mother for support as he would rather keep his feelings bottled up and deal with Hooper and his problems on his own. This shows the reader how poor the relationship is between Kingshaw and his mother and how Kingshaw learns to be independent, dealing with things on his own. She believes that she is only thinking about her son's happiness, but the true reality is she is only looking out for herself and her own happiness. However, at the beginning of the book she is anxious for Kingshaw to feel welcome and become friends with Hooper, but by the end of the book her priority is herself, and the impressions she makes towards Joseph Hooper. ...read more.

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There is a definite power struggle between the two boys from the start of the book right through until the last chapter, but Kingshaw's death is a sign of a coward towards Hooper and he feels triumph at the sight of Kingshaw's body because he is the winner. He never wanted Kingshaw to be there in the first place, so is glad that he has committed suicide. Fielding's betrayal of friendship towards Kingshaw left him feeling not only hurt, but also lonely and unwanted. The betrayal from Hooper and Fielding was what finally triggered Kingshaw to do something about his life. The people around him made his insecurities worse and he no longer felt cared for or needed in Warings. He had no friends, so was stuck in the house and the gardens on his own most of the time. The continuous trauma from Hooper affected him more by the end of the book, but because Kingshaw refused to admit his problems to his mother, the negative feelings built up inside of him and he saw no other way to escape from the torture and terrors of his childhood, but to end his life in a drastic way. I'm the King Of The Castle is a novel of childhood terrors and ends with a poignant tragedy that could have been prevented. Vikki Holness Page 1 5/2/2007 Vikki Holness Page 1 5/2/2007 ...read more.

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