Susan Hill, in the introduction to 'The Woman In Black' acknowledges M.R. James' 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' as a source for her modern ghost story. Consider the similarities and differences between these two texts.
English Literature Unit 7: Post - 1914 texts - Coursework Comparative [Social/Cultural/Historical] M. R. James: Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad  Susan Hill: The Woman In Black  Susan Hill, in the introduction to 'The Woman In Black' acknowledges M.R. James' 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' as a source for her modern ghost story. Consider the similarities and differences between these two texts. In Susan Hill's introduction to 'The Woman In Black' she mentions M.R. James' short stories as some of the greatest ghost stories ever written. Her appreciation of James' writing is one of the reasons for the many similarities and differences between the two texts. Hill was greatly inspired by the setting of 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and this results in her novel being a similar reading experience to James' story. One of the most obvious influences on Susan Hill's novel is the similarity between the title of M.R. James' story and one of the chapters in 'The Woman In Black', titled 'Whistle and I'll Come to You'. There are also many differences in the writing style and technique between the two texts; Susan Hill uses her own techniques for the novel as well as using ideas from other writers. And although the two texts are individual in their own right, the influence of 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' by M.R. James on
Question: The places in I'm the King of the Castle have affected the growth and development of the characters in this novel. Do you agree? I'm the King of the Castle is a story that revolves around the theme of status and power and set in Warings. However, there are also other places that mould the characters in this novel. Hence, looking at it generally we can say YES that all the places, regardless of what happened there, shaped the plot and contributed to it greatly. First of all, we will look at where this story begins - Warings. This house is essentially the main setting for the entire novel. On first sight, we can see that Warings is not a very ideal place for living. It possesses an ugly exterior and is "entirely graceless". Joseph Hooper I also planted yew trees at the back of the house. These yew trees are commonly grown at graveyards and they represent death hence bringing a sense of foreboding. The ominous aura around it hints that nothing good will ever happen there. However the influence of Warings goes beyond its physical appearance. The interior of Warings "is too dark" and "smells un-lived", "like a museum". This heightens the ominous feelings and affects Kingshaw. We will now see why. Without a doubt, the room that affected Kingshaw most is the Red Room. Two things about this room instill a sense of fear in him. One being the colour of the room and the
Can Hooper be seen as anything other than Evil? A comparative Essay on 'I'm king of the castle' In this essay I will be attempting to find out if Hooper is anything but evil, I believe that Hopper is not evil but just unloved. I believe this because Mr Hooper thinks that he cannot show the love that his late wife could of and so he does not try to show him any love. But there have been occasions that Hooper has shown evil for example when Kingshaw and Mrs Helena Kingshaw first arrived at The Warings, Hopper wrote on a piece of paper 'I didn't want you to come here' This note is thrown down to Kingshaw on the day that he and his mother arrive. This is Hooper's first demonstration on how evil he can be along with how possessive of his property he can be. I think that evil is just a metaphor on how people can act when they are intimidated or being defensive of something of theirs or something that they feel very strong about. This book 'I'm King of the Castle' has been written by Susan Hill and was written in 1969 in a small farm cottage in a remote corner of Dorset. I believe that Susan Hill wrote this book in hope that people would comprehend some of the pressures that children are under today with school, friends, and family problems. Also I believe that she wanted parents to realise how life is for children as for adults it is so long ago and they cannot remember what
How do the experiences, feelings and thoughts of Helena Kingshaw contribute to events in the novel? The experiences, feelings and thoughts of Helena Kingshaw contribute greatly to events in the novel. Before she went to live with the Hoopers in Warings, Helena Kingshaw was married to another man, Kingshaw's father. From the incident about the swimming pool as mentioned in the novel, where Kingshaw's father was oblivious to his plight, we can tell that there are some similarities between Kingshaw's father's attitude towards Kingshaw and Helena Kingshaw. Therefore, Mrs Kingshaw's lax attitude towards Kingshaw could have been affected by her former husband's. Her attitude towards Kingshaw has seeded many of Kingshaw's problems in the novel. After Mr Kingshaw died, Mrs Kingshaw was thrown into poverty, insecurity, and the state of homelessness. This could have changed Mrs Kingshaw as she had to start to bring up Kingshaw alone, juggling his care with the need for money, security and a home. Kingshaw realizes this: "It was his father's fault ... his dying had been the start of all, the not having enough money, and living in other people's house", as he thinks about the distance between his mother and him. Mrs Kingshaw sees potential in Mr Hooper as he can provide her with everything she needs, and so, actively tries to impress Mr Hooper and Edmund Hooper, neglecting her own
. Study Source A What can you learn from source A about Henrietta Howard? Source A is a portrait of Henrietta Howard, painted by Charles Jervas for Alexander Pope. This suggests that the portrait was of reasonably high value if a great poet like Pope had the portrait painted specially for him. This also infers that Henrietta must have been of a high status if she had gained her place as one of the fascinations of the poet/satirist and the subject of some of his poems. The fact that the portrait was painted by Charles Jervas also suggests that Henrietta Howard must have been a popular lady of a high status and great importance considering that the artist was one of the most prolific and sought after portrait painters of his day. Kings, Queens, ladies and gentlemen of high society and many famous poets and writers sat for him, and he succeeded Sir Godfrey Kneller as the portrait painter to George I and then George II. This highlights his importance and is also a sign of the value of the painting which was probably quite high as it was painted by an important artist for an important poet, of an important and fashionable Lady. Her pose is an important aspect of the portrait because it is not one which a woman would have been expected to hold. It was normally reserved for men of letters, but she is neither a man nor a writer, so we can acknowledge from this pose that she had
"I'm the King of the Castle" - with close references to the text discuss the relevance of the novel's title.
GCSE coursework: Discursive Writing (800- 200words) "I'm the King of the Castle": with close references to the text discuss the relevance of the novel's title. This novel tells the story of two boys who, basically, are at war with each other. At first, it is hard to understand what the point in them being at war is. There seems to be no special prize for the winner, and it is hard to find any goal which they are aiming to achieve. However, what is evident , is that there is a strong drive to war behind one of the boys, and this rubs off on to the other boy has he tries to counteract. 'I'm the king of the castle... and your the dirty rascal' This is well known children's playground saying. It is said by a child who finds himself in a position, where he perceives himself standing higher, than any other child around him. This saying is usually just passed off as a bit of child play. However, I believe that it illustrates a natural instinct amongst humans. And, as a dominating theme of this novel is human instinct, we can see that there is a relevance to the title. The human instincts that are illustrated are, the desire to have their own home and space, where they are free to do what they like, and also to acquire territory. If you take a look at almost any history text book, you will see that wars dominate. The whole of human history is riddled
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?'
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. Keen to make a good impression Mr Hooper was a gentleman and greeted them politely at the door, Edmund however resorted to a note, which he threw from a
Creation of suspense is a characteristic feature of narrative in the gothic tradition.Susan Hill's 'The Woman in Black' is the ultimate ghost story which relies on the use of suspense
'Creation of suspense is a characteristic feature of narrative in the gothic tradition. Discuss the uses and effectiveness of this device in The Woman in Black and compare them with those that you have noted in one other gothic text. Susan Hill's 'The Woman in Black' is the ultimate ghost story which relies on the use of suspense, intensity, atmosphere and drama, interwoven in a plot full of intrigue which keeps the reader eager with anticipation. Susan Hill has created a chilling novel which translates into a magnificently eerie and genuinely distressing read. Although everpresent, suspense is cleverly built slowly throughout to create a mounting atmosphere. Furthermore, atmosphere is built through place, strong narrative and dialogue. Hill's calculated timing of events is also crucial in creating the mood of anxiety. The first hint of atmosphere building up was when Mr Kidd meets Mr Bentley for the job of sorting out Mrs Drablow's papers. From the start of the dialogue between Arthur Kidd and Mr Bentley it is obvious that the latter is intent on seeing how much Mr Kidd knows about Eel Marsh House. There are many short questions, avoiding the reader's attention. Then Mr. Kidd asks "Children?", this demonstrates how Susan Hill spans the question out to draw the reader's attention, and it is clear Mr Bentley most probably knows the answer but is reluctant to tell it. This
Hardy and Hill both present the reader with female characters who are isolated and ostracized by society. Compare and contrast the ways in which both writers deal with these themes.
Jennifer Hardie. 11H. Hardy and Hill both present the reader with female characters who are isolated and ostracized by society. Compare and contrast the ways in which both writers deal with these themes. Susan Hill and Thomas Hardy are clearly both interested in the role of women and their position in society. The female protagonists, in `I'm the King of the Castle and `The Withered Arm', are insecure as they lack a man to provide them with social status and respect. As a consequence of their troubled pasts, they are rejected from society, and are both left vulnerable and desperate. Helena Kingshaw represents a certain class of women in post-war England, the setting for Susan Hill's novel, who found themselves lacking the emotional and financial support of a man. The superstition in those days left these genteel, unskilled women in a shameful position. Society rejected those spurned by men and many became objects of gossip of a malicious nature. Similar nonsensical teachings in Victorian times, the setting for `The Withered Arm', also left abandoned women, such as Rhoda Brook, viewed as social outcasts. Thomas Hardy is clearly sympathetic to such women, especially those reaching the stages of their lives where he suggests, through a careful adjective selection "worn", they may be becoming desperate for a husband. He seems to consider them as isolated
Transfer-Encoding: chunked How does Hill present childish behaviour in I’m the King of the Castle? Hill presents childish behaviour through the use of dialogue, description and structure. She highlights that childish behaviour is a characteristic of adults, as well as the children. There are numerous examples of childish behaviour throughout the novel, for example when Hooper and Kingshaw fight over a toy, or when Hooper soils himself. One way in which Hill presents childish behaviour is after an incident where Hooper and Kingshaw are fighting over a toy fort: during that fracas Kingshaw chants “It’s mine, it’s mine!”, Hills use of dialogue is interesting here because the use of a tri colon not only emphasises the intensity of Kingshaw’s emotional reaction, (furthered by the fact he is fighting over a toy) but also echoes that chant like whines of small children. The importance of this line is signalled through the use of italics, which suggests that there is a degree of stress on Kingshaw whilst he speaks, again like a child. Another way that Hill explores childishness in the novel is through her description of Hooper soiling himself: Hill describes a “dark damp stain” of pee in the groin of Hooper’s jeans”. Hills use of the word “stain” portrays an image of dirt and even disease to the reader, the reader is hence disgusted. Furthermore the