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Why do you think Susan Hill chose Im the King of the Castle as the title for the novel At first glance a book entitled Im the King of the Castle might make a potential reader envisage a novel about petty power struggles between two young children who know nothing of the evil in the world around them As the reader looks closer and becomes engrossed within its pages their eyes are widened to a malevolent nature which can exist and flourish even in the young At this point the title Im the King of the Castle becomes much more than an innocent childish rhyme One of the possible reasons that the title was chosen is its implications of possession and dominance Through out the book as Kingshaw becomes more psychologically withdrawn he has a greater need to find objects and people that are ultimately his The emphases on Im in the title stresses that there can be only one leader to rule over their domain leaving everyone else in the metaphorical role of the little rascal At first with Fielding Kingshaw is the King and his friendship is unsullied by Hoopers evil intentions Kingshaw remarks Fielding is my friend mine after deceiving himself into thinking It will never have anything to do with Hooper Hooper also has a need for possession The absence of any real love in his life compels him to control and dominate everything around him Structurally at Leydell Castle where Kingshaw scales the walls the reader is able to see one of the last true glimmers of hope The book reaches a climax when Kingshaw screams Im the King of the Castle Fuck to you Im not going to fall In this episode Kingshaw breaks free from all of his barriers As he looks down at everyone all of his fears desert him Hopper is only able to look up covetously When Hooper tries to impose upon Kingshaws
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