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Chapter 6 - Lost in the wood
Transcript of Chapter 6 - Lost in the wood
How is the wood presented at the start of the chapter (p89-90)?
The relationship between the boys
Kingshaw's growing sense of power
What can Kingshaw see, hear, smell?
How does he feel about the wood?
What adjectives are used to describe it?
Why does Kingshaw compare the rabbits he had seen in school with the one he comes across in Hang Wood?
How does the mood change on pages 90-91 with the arrival of Hooper?
How is the writing structured to create tension?
When Hooper confronts him, 'Kingshaw only felt a dull sense of inevitability.'
What is it that he thinks is inevitable?
What does this reveal about his character?
At this stage, Hooper holds more power
How does he demonstrate this? (p92)
What effect does this have on Kingshaw?
'Kingshaw wanted to hit him and hit him, and then he was frightened, at the way Hooper made him feel like this, destroyed every sensible, reasonable idea he might have... He could only flail out savagely in all directions, missing his target, unable to stop himself...'
How does the balance of power shift as the boys remain in the wood?
See page 94 and find a quotation to illustrate this.
Page 94-5 'the leaves were too thick to let much light in. It was very close...the air felt somehow thicker than normal air.'
The claustrophic and oppressive atmosphere is combined with unfamiliar and unnerving animal noises.
'Kingshaw thought, he is real, there is blood and water inside him.' (p97)
Kingshaw is reassured by Hooper's fear as it reminds him that he is simply a boy and that perhaps he is not as powerful as he feared.
Stalking the deer
Why is Kingshaw furious with Hooper? (p97)
Why is he angry at himself? (p99)
What language is used to describe the same wood?
What is the boys' reaction and what opportunity does it afford Kingshaw?
Where is the balance of power now?
At the close of the chapter...
How does Hill create an atmosphere of tension and foreboding? (p100-101)
List five techniques and/or quotations
'Kingshaw heard, for the first time, a note of fear in Hooper's voice, and knew that he was leader, again, now.'
How has the balance of power shifted at the end of the chapter? Can it last?