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Who was responsinble for the Death of Kingshaw?

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Who was responsinble for the Death of Kingshaw? By, Allan Saud There was no way out for the poor, downtrodden, insecure boy Kingshaw. Trapped inside that damned house, surrounded by pain and ignorance. On the one hand he had Hooper, systematically bullying him into suicide and on the other, his insensitive mother, dismissing Kingshaw's every word, committed only to pleasing Mr. Hooper. Edmund Hooper was in my opinion the main cause of Kingshaw's death. Hooper had bullied him from the very beginning when Kingshaw had just moved into his house. Hooper felt in charge of his house, he felt he was King there and he" did not want any other boy in the ugly, isolated Victorian house" as written in the publisher's blurb. To emphasize on the point that Charles was not welcome in Hooper's house, Edmund also showed Kingshaw the message "I didn't want you to come here". Kingshaw was an intruder in Hooper's eyes, and had to be in a way punished for moving into Hooper's house. Very early in the book, Hooper had already learned Kingshaw's weaknesses and fears, such as Hooper realized that Kingshaw was very easily manipulated by people and so he used that against him, Hooper also taunted Kingshaw about Kingshaw's fear of crows. ...read more.


I'll go first because I'm the leader", completely reasserting his control over Kingshaw. Kingshaw submits. On several occasions in the book, Kingshaw repeats the short phrase "this is alright", which shows his insecurity, in trying to reassure himself that everything is 'alright', nothing is wrong. Hooper had gained such power over Kingshaw that he no longer even had to say anything to show his triumph over Kingshaw, for example when Kingshaw was scared of the wound in the rabbit, Hooper mocked him, but he didn't even have to say a single word to show his triumph, "When he looked up again, Hooper's eyes were on his, narrowed and mocking". Except for the very end that is, when Hooper is shown to achieve his ultimate goal, the death of Charles Kingshaw. He says the line which answers the question in relation to this essay, "When he saw Kingshaw's body, upside down in the water, Hooper thought suddenly, it was because of me, I did that, it was because of me, and a spurt of triumph went through him", showing that Hooper does feel responsible about the death of Kingshaw. ...read more.


Kingshaw speaking) "Charles, I will not have you speaking in that way. Now please apologize to Mr. Hooper. And to Edmund. That is so silly, when he is your special friend". This is another example of how Mrs. Kingshaw doesn't understand how her son feels. Kingshaw feels ashamed of his mother trying to please Mr. Hooper. Kingshaw himself is also in part to blame of his own suicide. After all he must have had a weakness in his character to let Hooper really get to him. Kingshaw gave in to Hooper far too easily, this is shown when he felt that he had lost his friend Fielding "He could not hold Fielding, nobody could, he would try and try, and Fielding would slip away, and make friends anywhere (i.e. with Hooper, at Hooper's house, which is what Kingshaw is scared of), share anything. Kingshaw didn't even have the will power to fight for his best friend against his worst enemy. This showed Kingshaw's insecurity and fear of dislike from Fielding. He shouldn't have let Hooper know about his fears. He should have been stronger. He gave in. In conclusion, I believe that Edmund Hooper was still the main reason for the death of Charles Kingshaw. After all, his mother's ignorance or even his weak character could not have possibly gotten him killed. ...read more.

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