The Battle for control – I’m The King of the Castle

Hooper in control

Kinghsaw in control

‘Didn’t want you to come.


Fight over window.

Kingshaw resists temptation to push Hooper down stairs


Crow attacks Kingshaw


Hooper puts crow on Kingshaw’s bed


Kingshaw doesn’t mention crow

Hooper locks Kingshaw in Red Room


Kingshaw finds room

Hooper finds room and discovers Kingshaw’s plan


Kingshaw runs away, feels at peace

Hooper turns up


The deer – Kingshaw knows more about them

Is surprised that Hooper has never seen one even in a zoo

Hooper takes lead in tracking it


Thunderstorm Hooper insists Kingshaw look after him

Hooper leads as they follow the stream


Kingshaw builds a fire


Hooper throws a tantrum, Kingshaw hits him.


Kingshaw tries to go for help

Kingshaw comes back to find Hooper in stream.

Chooses to revive him.


Hooper has nightmare – Kingshaw hits him again


Hooper frightened of being left extracts promise from Kingshaw not to leave him. Sobs.

Found – Hooper blames Kinghshaw. Adults do not believe


Kingshaw’s impassioned plea.


Kingshaw is told he will go to school with Edmund


Hooper locks Kingshaw in shed – Kingshaw has nightmare


Kingshaw climbs castle.


Hooper falls off – ends up in hospital


Kingshaw meets Fielding

Hooper plays with Kingshaw’s model and destroys it


Mr and Mrs decide to get married


Trip to circus – Kingshaw sick


Fielding comes over and Hooper takes


Kingshaw burns Edmund’s battle charts

Hooper gives Kingshaw note – something will happen to you


Kingshaw commits suicide




Comment: Hooper is amoral, Kingshaw is the moral one he is powerless by his own choice against Hooper’s evil because he will not descend to Hooper’s level.

Comparison with Jesus Christ: Kingshaw rejects three temptations to kill Hooper and ultimately sacrifices himself for his mother’s happiness.


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