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I'm the King of the Castle

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I'm the King of the Castle Passage-based Question (pages 51-52) (i) With close reference to the passage, give evidence to show how Hooper knew that locking Kingshaw in the Red Room would scare him. From the beginning of this chapter three, we have already been exposed to the fears of the despondent young boy - Kingshaw. In this passage, Hooper welcomed the supposed to be honoured Kingshaw into the Red Room. When the door was opened wide for Kingshaw, he stepped a little into the room and then he stopped. While Hooper was standing "beside the doors, the keys in his hand". With a tuck from Hooper's challenge to go on into the room and look around, "Kingshaw stiffened and moved slowly towards the first of the glass cases" and then "drew in his breath sharply". Hooper was watching him intently waiting for the next chance to attack his prey. Kingshaw also gave his fear away when he stuttered upon asking, "who...where did they come from?" while trying to act interested about the dead moths in that dark and dreary room. The despot's wit took him nearer to his opportunity. ...read more.

Middle

As Kingshaw was already very afraid of his room, as he believed Hooper's lie that his grandfather died in his bed, Hooper wanted to use the stuffed crow to make the terror of the attack of that crow return. Also, considering Hooper's devious mind, I believe he also placed the stuffed crow on Kingshaw's bed in the night also to create an impression on him that it could be Hooper's dead grandfather. When Kingshaw saw the stuffed crow on his bed the next morning, he knew for sure that Hooper was behind it. He also developed a fear towards Hooper from this as he realized that that tyrant was capable of anything to scare him even more. Yet, Kingshaw was so afraid to put himself to shame if he ever did cry out for help as he remembered his father was laughing at him about his childhood fear of drowning. Kingshaw also knew that Hooper was waiting for him to scream and yell thus he decided to consume his fear so that he could get the overhand over this psychological battle against Hooper. Hence, we can see very clearly that Hooper did very careful planning and made specific interpretations about Kingshaw's fear of dead things and yearns for the stronghold against Kingshaw and his emotions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Kingshaw tried very hard to battle the fear inside him so that Hooper would not win him. However, after being locked inside the Red Room with all the dead animals, Kingshaw yearns for somewhere he can hide away from Hooper's supervision. He hates Hooper now. Kingshaw did find a room of his own, his personal space in Warings somewhere that Hooper does not hold control of. It was a small room that "seemed never to have had any particular function of its own". Although the room was small, Kingshaw was not afraid of it. The author was trying to tell us that the claustrophia was towards being locked up and not of minimal spaces. Kingshaw was actually fine with the idea about locking himself in that room full of antique dolls as a way of "defending himself" against Hooper. He only panics when somebody else locks him in a room, against his own will. His secret room was a very little room compared to Hooper's confident Red Room. This tells a lot of Kingshaw's insecurity and his sensitive and gentle character as the room was filled with a collection of female dolls. However, Kingshaw's temporary sanctuary was not occupied for long, Hooper found his hiding place. His freedom was short-lived. ...read more.

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