I’m the King of the Castle

Crows Symbol Icon

Charles Kingshaw is terrified of crows: at one point, he’s attacked by a large crow, and later, Edmund Hooper leaves a large stuffed crow in his bed, frightening him to the point where he can barely move. Traditionally, crows are associated with the English countryside, so Charles’s fear of crows could symbolize his anxiety at having to abandon his old home and live at Warings. More generally, birds symbolize the constant sense of fear and anxiety that Charles feels during his time at Warings.

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Crows Symbol Timeline in I’m the King of the Castle

The timeline below shows where the symbol Crows appears in I’m the King of the Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Childhood Theme Icon
Fear and Psychological Manipulation Theme Icon
Nature Theme Icon
Charles walks through the field while, high over his head, crows circle. The crows are large, and Charles can see that their mouths are bright red.... (full context)
Fear and Psychological Manipulation Theme Icon
...“You were scared. You were running away.” He mocks Charles for being frightened of a crow, and Charles bites his wrist. Edmund recoils, but then becomes calm again. He smiles and... (full context)
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Fear and Psychological Manipulation Theme Icon
...glances at the clock, and suddenly sees something on his bed. It’s an old, stuffed crow. Charles forces himself not to scream. He knows Edmund wants him to be afraid. He... (full context)
Fear and Psychological Manipulation Theme Icon
Edmund returns the crow to the attic. He knows that Charles must have woken up and seen the crow... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Childhood Theme Icon
...him lately. In spite of himself, he respects Charles for not screaming at the stuffed crow. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...he walks through the fields. He remembers walking here before and being menaced by the crow. But he continues walking. (full context)
Chapter 13
Childhood Theme Icon
Fear and Psychological Manipulation Theme Icon
...a huge, winged creature swoops down on him. He turns and sees a pack of crows, puppets, and ambulance men chasing him. He wakes up in the middle of the night,... (full context)