Contribution of Mr.Hooper and Mrs. Kingshaw to Kingshaw’s death
ssay Question: Write about ways in which you think Mrs. Kingshaw and Mr. Hooper contribute to Kingshaw’s death.
Sometimes, lack of communication and love can produce a ‘volatile brew’ that in some cases can lead to tragic death. If only Mr. Hooper and Mrs. Kingshaw looked closer at the relationship between Charles and Edmund, if only Mrs. Kingshaw has devoted a little bit of her time to actually sit down and have a sensible talk with Kingshaw to understand his problems, things would have been different for Kingshaw. It’s not only Hooper and his relentless torments are responsible for Kingshaw’s suicide. Mr. Hooper and Mrs. Kingshaw lack of communication and understanding also contributed to the tragic ending.
Firstly, both Mr. Hopper and Mrs. Kingshaw have lost their spouse in the past, and they both have a broken relationship with their sons. For Mr. Hooper, in the first chapter of the novel, we learns that he has ‘unhappy memories’ with his own childhood and perhaps this is also the reason why he’s so distant with Edmund and the ability to create a strong bond with people around him. Mr. Hooper can easily gives in to almost anything that Hooper requires, he feels that he has ‘failed…from the very beginning ‘ to discipline Edmund. Despite knowing that he has lack of control over his own son, myself as the reader do not feel sympathy to him as he doesn’t really care to make any improvement for the situation. We can see this characteristic of him through the part where Edmund insists that he wants to make a visit to the Red Room, he could not gain control over his son as he ‘sighed’ and politely asked Hooper whether or not he will ‘not be difficult please’, through this, Mr. Hooper seems like a weak character and easily gives in to Edmund’s demands, he is not respected. Mr. Hooper views his relationship with his death wife as a ‘cold gap’ and he has sexual frustration. He employs Mrs. Kingshaw as…