I’m the King of the Castle – Chapter Summaries


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.


Comparison Mindmap


Home learning set 20 April 2015: Please make sure you complete your mindmaps comparing the two books I’m the King of the Castle and Lord of the Flies.

Above are some examples for what you could add with quotations from the books.

I’m the King of the Castle Revision – Chapter 3 Questions

Task Four (see here for Tasks OneThree)

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?

Task Five

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?

I’m the King of the Castle Revision – Chapter 2 Questions

Task Two

‘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?

Task Three

Read p22-23.

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.

Symbols in I’m the King of the Castle – 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.

Read more about Yew symbolism here.


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.’


Moths, particularly the Death’s Head Hawk Moth – skull-like mark on its thorax; considered a bad omen; intruders – raid the hives of honey bees