I have already given out in class the chapter summaries to I’m the King of the Castle but here is the link to where you can find longer, more detailed summaries of each chapter.
This has been distributed in class but in case you would like another copy, here are the common themes between the two books in your exam on Friday.
In Chapters 7 to 9 we see the power relationship shift back and forth while the boys are in the woods.
Write two paragraphs comparing how the boys cope in the woods.
Challenge: Who ends up with the power at the end of each chapter? Explain.
Answer the following questions in PEE paragraphs (if you don’t have access to the text and can’t use quotations, make reference to specific events from the chapter).
In what ways are we shown that the parents of Hooper and Kingshaw are disconnected from how the boys are feeling?
Task Six (Tasks Four and Five here)
- How is Kingshaw’s hatred of Hooper described?
- What does Kingshaw hope for a short time?
- What does Hooper find out about Kingshaw when he gets into the room?
Read Chapter Three and consider these questions:
- How does Hooper continue to make Kingshaw unwelcome?
- What new symbol is been introduced? What does it symbolise?
- Why does Hooper torment Kingshaw? (p.35)
- What do the parents think about how the boys are getting on?
Write in your books using quotations if you have access to the text:
- How does the writer make the crow seem terrifying to Kingshaw?
- Do you agree that Kingshaw is presented as both a victim and a person of strength in this chapter?
‘It was raining hard again, and great, bruise-coloured clouds hung low over the copse.’
- What atmosphere does this set?
- What does it tell us about Hooper’s state of mind?
What do you learn about the two boys? Compare the two characters.
- Answer in at least 2 paragraphs;
- Use at least 1 quotation for each boy;
- Make interpretations about their characters.
Challenge: comment on the writer’s use of language to present the two characters.
- What references to death are there in Chapter 1?
- Why do think this is?
- What technique might this be?
Challenge: What is the overall tone and atmosphere of Chapter 1?
Chapter One has a lot of references to death with the death of Edmund’s grandmother, grandfather and his mother mentioned. There are also more subtle references to death through symbols:
Yews – seen as sacred, a protector, a sign of immortality BUT also a sign of death as it’s poisonous, sometimes called the Forbidden tree, churchyards: usually planted in twos, one at the lych-gate—the funeral entrance to the churchyard—and the other near the church door.
Rhododendron – meaning ‘beware’ or ‘caution’ as they are toxic.
Read more about the meaning behind rhododendrons.
The following description of Warings from Chapter 1 makes reference to both of these plants:
‘Up the drive, and at the back of the house, bunched between the yew trees, were the great bushes of rhododendron.’