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.


Exam Times

Below is the list of the AQA iGCSE exams:

18th May 2015 9am -10.30am:  Literature Paper 1 – Unseen Poetry and Romeo and Juliet

22nd May 2015 9am – 10am:  Literature Paper 2 – I’m the King of the Castle and Lord of the Flies

2nd June 2015 9am – 11am: Language Paper 1

5th June 2015 9am – 11am: Language Paper 2

Unseen Poetry

Use the following SIRS as a reminder of what to cover when you are writing about a poem:

  • Subject matter (what is the poem about? Does the title provide a clue?)
  • Imagery and vocabulary: imagery (metaphors, similes, personification, symbolism), vocabulary and punctuation
  • Rhyme/Rhythm/Structure (and how does this link to the subject matter/themes)
  • Summary linking the poem to the question

List of Poetic Device/Terms:


the first letter of a word is repeated in words that follow; the cold, crisp, crust of clean, clear ice.


the same vowel sound is repeated but the consonants are different; he passed her a sharp, dark glance, shot a cool, foolish look across the room.


a device used in poetry where a sentence continues beyond the end of the line or verse. This technique is often used to maintain a sense of continuation from one stanza to another.


exaggerating something for literary purposes which is not meant to be taken literally; we gorged on the banquet of beans on toast.


similes, metaphors and personification; they all compare something ‘real’ with something ‘imagined’.


the humorous or sarcastic use of words or ideas, implying the opposite of what they mean.


a word or phrase used to imply figurative, not literal or ‘actual’, resemblance; he flew into the room.


an uninterrupted monologue can show a character’s importance or state of mind. Monologue can be in speech form, delivered in front of other characters and having great thematic importance, or as a soliloquy where we see the character laying bare their soul and thinking aloud.


a word that sounds like the noise it is describing: ‘splash’, ‘bang’, ‘pop’, ‘hiss’.


Where two words normally not associated are brought together: ‘cold heat’ ‘bitter sweet’.


attributing a human quality to a thing or idea: the moon calls me to her darkened world.


the repetition of a word or phrase to achieve a particular effect.


the way that words sound the same at the end of lines in poetry. Poems often have a fixed rhyme-scheme (for example, sonnets have 14 lines with fixed rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG). Try to comment as to what contribution the rhyme-scheme is making to the text as a whole. Why do you think the poet has chosen it? Does it add control or imitate the ideas in the poem?


a repetitive beat or metre within a poem. Tennyson’s poem The Lady of Shallot uses a strong internal rhythm to build up the sense of unrelenting monotony in the poem:

There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.


a phrase which establishes similarity between two things to emphasise the point being made. This usually involves the words ‘like’ or ‘as’; ‘he is as quick as an arrow in flight’, ‘as white as snow’, ‘like a burning star’.


often objects, colours, sounds and places work as symbols. They can sometimes give us a good insight into the themes. So, snakes are often symbols of temptation as in the story of Adam and Eve, white usually symbolises innocence and a ringing bell can be a symbol for impending doom.


the writer’s tone or voice or atmosphere or feeling that pervades the text, such as sadness, gloom, celebration, joy, anxiety, dissatisfaction, regret or anger. Different elements of writing can help to create this; long sentences or verses, with assonance (repeated vowel sounds), tend to create a sad, melancholic mood. Short syllabic, alliterative lines can create an upbeat, pacy atmosphere.

(Adapted from: BBC Bitesize)

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.

Lord of the Flies Articles

An interesting article published on independent.co.uk discusses the themes of brutality explored in Lord of the Flies and looks at real-life examples of survival and disaster. The article is written by two authors who have researched and written a book called No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality.

Here is an extract:

For our book No Mercy, we spent five years researching how accurately Golding’s novel reflects the behaviour of real-life groups of disaster survivors stranded in isolated corners of the globe, asking: did Golding get it right?

It turns out he did.


I also found another article on William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies on telegraph.co.uk. The title of the article is ‘William Golding: A frighteningly honest writer’. In it, author Nigel Williams writes about his memories of working with Golding.

Here is an extract:

“What the book was supposed to be,” he said, as we wandered out into his beautifully kept garden, “was a sort of critical look at our history.” He didn’t suggest his book mirrored actual events in the way in which, say, the events in Animal Farm are clearly meant to parallel the banishment of Trotsky or the Stalin show trials, but he did make it clear that the intention of the book was to look at the whole history of government in one island.