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It is a mans own mind not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways Buddha The word man in this quote indicates a grown up an adult someone above the age of majority However in Im The King Of The Castle this is not the case After reading the novel we are shocked Our preconceptions about childhood innocence are shattered Hill deliberately shocks us in a traditionally gothic style by transgressing what we consider to be the accepted boundaries of behaviour Im The King of The Castle presents transgression through the behaviour of a ten year old boy Edmund Hooper The extent of Hoopers bullying goes beyond what we as a society feel comfortable with Hill shows us through her novel that children can be evil to the extent of forcing suicide upon someone As a society we see children as innocent but the novel shows us a different side leaving us asking the question can children be inherently evil We feel uncomfortable with the idea of Hoopers evil and Kingshaws suicide Hill describes her novel as being about cruelty and about the power of evil which can possess even a young child The idea of children not understanding how their actions may affect others is something Hill wanted to tackle Hooper is quite a complex character He is presented as emotionless because of the isolation he feels from living in Warings and from the un-loving nature of his father Hooper can easily be compared to his father We are let inside Joseph Hoopers mind at the beginning of the novel when he is contemplating his relationship with his son we should be close together we have only one another I ought to be able to talk freely with him The italic emphasis on ought reveals how Hoopers father feels incapable of forming a bond whilst understanding that such is what a father should do We see that Joseph Hooper is
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