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IM THE KING OF THE CASTLE
Transcript of IM THE KING OF THE CASTLE
First published in September
Susan Hill's fifth book
In 1989 'I'm the king of the castle' was made into a french film:
I'M THE KING OF THE CASTLE
Je suis le seigneur du château
Synopsis of the novel
Edmund Hooper lives with his father, Joseph Hooper in Warings, an old, gothic house with a sad and gloomy atmosphere.
The book begins with Hooper's grandfather's death
Hooper shows no remorse at his death,
so his father decides to hire a
companion for his son, in order for him to have a friend.
Hooper and his father have a strained relationship, with Hooper having a lot of power over him.
He likes being in isolation, is very happy that way, and does not want a friend forced upon him,
Kingshaw and his mother arrive at Warings, and Hooper becomes defensive of his house, instantly taking a dislking to Kingshaw...
Almost immediately they engage in a fight, to see who is more powerful, but Kingshaw is a lot weaker and less confident
Kingshaw goes walking to get away from Hooper, and gets attacked by a crow.
Later he gets taunted by Hooper for being scared of it.
The crow is thought to symbolise Hooper - protecting his territory
BY Susan Hill
Hooper continues to taunt and bully Kingshaw, who is obviously the weak character in their relationship.
While their parents are away, Kingshaw runs away to Hang wood, where no one ever dares to go...
...but finds that Hooper has followed him.
Whilst in Hang wood, there is a thunderstorm,
which Hooper is terrified of.
Kingshaw comforts him and finally seems more important, but when it is over Hooper is in charge again.
The two boys get lost in the woods, then Hooper trips and falls unconcious.
Kingshaw looks after him, feeding and nursing him until someone finds them.
Eventually the two boys get found by their parents, and are taken back to Warings.
Hooper blames everything on Kingshaw
Meanwhile Mrs Kingshaw and Mr
Hooper dont believe anything Kingshaw says, and think that the two boys are best friends.
Kingshaw has no friends, or anyone to trust and love.
Mrs Kingshaw and Mr Hooper decide to get married, and send Hooper and Kingshaw to the same school.
Kingshaw is horrified about having to be a brother to his enemy.
The whole family go on a trip to a ruined
Kingshaw climbs to the very top - not
scared - and finally feels like he has power.
Hooper climbs up the ruins too, to try and reach Kingshaw.
He trips and falls...
Hooper is in hospital for ages, but tells everyone that Kingshaw pushed him off the edge.
Whilst Hooper is in hospital, Kingshaw makes a new friend called Feilding, who is optimistic and adventurous.
They play together, and for once Kingshaw is happy knowing he has a friend.
Hooper then comes out of hospital, and continues to ruin Kingshaw's life.
EVERYONE IS ON HOOPER's SIDE
Set in the 1940's