Im the king of the castle - Themes

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  • Themes
    • Childhood
      • Unstable families
        • Kingshaw
          • Fathers died
          • Moves home a lot
          • Distant from mother
            • goes to boarding school
        • Hooper
          • Mothers died
          • Product of a society that has failed to show him love
          • Misfts
            • Kingshaw
              • Fathers died
              • Moves home a lot
              • Distant from mother
                • goes to boarding school
            • Extremes of character
        • Misfts
          • Extremes of character
      • Novel changes our belief that childhood is always happy
      • Fielding
        • Shows that when loved and secure = confident well balanced people
    • Isolation
      • Setting
        • Surrounded by countryside
          • Some distance from any other house
      • Between characters
        • Broken relationships
          • Helena + Kingshaw
            • Charles doesn't think think she understands him
              • He had grown use to being left to cope alone
          • Mr Hooper and Edmund
            • Feels the cycle has been repeated (like with his father)
              • Unhappy memories
          • Hooper + Kingshaw
            • Could have comforted each other and filled the void of each others lonliness
          • Mr Hooper + his father
            • Strained
              • Unhappy memories
      • Fielding
        • Makes Kingshaw feel loved and valued
    • Evil
      • Hooper + Kingshaw
        • Physical
          • Fist fight near start of book
        • Psychological
          • Kingshaw feels trapped
            • Can never escape the pain = results in suicide being only option
            • Entrapment
              • I know all about you
              • Surrounded by eyes
      • Hooper has little conscience
        • Feels no remorse
          • Can never escape the pain = results in suicide being only option
    • Nature
      • The Red Room
        • Collection of dead moths
          • Arranged in glass cabinets
            • Trapped
            • Un-natural surroundings
              • Kingshaw
                • Trapped
          • Disintegrate when Hooper touches them
            • Hooper causes destruction
      • The Crow
        • Symbolic
          • Mirrors the boys relationship
            • Hooper is the predator (crow) and Kingshaw is their prey
      • Hang Wood
        • Kingshaw feels a sense of inner peace and freedom
          • Liked it here
            • Heavenly
          • Where Kingshaw becomes the leader
        • Only place Hooper showed any kindness
          • Fed the bird crumbs from his hand
        • Connotations of death
          • Name evokes thought of suicide
      • Fieldings farm
        • Cyclical pattern of nature is evident
          • Although animals are slaughtered, Fielding also has the capacity to love animals as pets too
            • Has a pet hamster and tortoise
          • Occurs as it would in nature
      • Yew trees
        • Symbolic of unfortunate events
          • They are poisonous
            • Went through the yew trees
              • Walking into his own death
      • Fields
        • Surround Warings
          • The natural imagery paints the situation (isolation) of the house
            • And beyond this were only more fields
        • Described as 'copse' = semantic closeness to the word corps
          • Untitled
        • Provides Kingshaw with a sense of comfort
          • Escapism
            • Like so many pillows
      • Weather
        • Kingshaws increasing sense of isolation is echoed by the stormy weather and the nearing of Autumn

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