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How does Doyle represent family relations within the first 90 pages of "Paddy Clarke ha ha ha"?l?

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'Paddy Clarke ha ha ha.' How does Doyle represent family relations within the first 90 pages of the novel? Chris Hadden Doyle uses the parental figures within Paddy's life as symbols of stages of growing up. The mother represents the "Peter Pan" effect of wanting to remain a child forever with her treatment of him; she is a secure base which provides stability for Paddy. Whereas the mature treatment of Paddy by his father symbolises how Paddy is becoming more independent and grown up. Sinbad as more of a brother and a closer relation in regard to age is an ever present figure that is in constant contact with Paddy, this is perhaps the most important relationship as Paddy has the most interaction with his brother. Paddy idolises his father, which can be attributed to the fact that Paddy see's less of his father than anyone else within the family. Paddy's mother is always in the house and Sinbad is generally in the same place as Paddy all the time. ...read more.


Paddy lacks compassion for his little brother Sinbad. "Sinbad's lips had disappeared because he was pressing them shut so hard; we couldn't get his mouth to open." The use of noun phrases such as "Sinbad's lips" and "his mouth" dehumanises Sinbad to the point where Paddy just see's him as an object. This shows the reader just how much Paddy lacks compassion or empathy. Also, although it seems it is mainly Paddy attempting to force the capsule into Sinbad's mouth he uses "we", as though to say because he is failing it is the responsibility of the whole group. In using this technique Doyle presents a child unable to face failure and who is over reliant on the support of his peers. Paddy's lack of recognition for his brother's feelings is again shown; "He'd screamed. His face had gone red, then purple, and one of his screams went on forever." Again we see Doyle's use of the noun phrase as paddy dehumanises Sinbad's pain, "his face". ...read more.


He goes to her looking for attention, the use of the personal pronoun "I" shows us how he is concentrating on himself and not his mother. He is slightly self obsessed like many young boys and this attitude is especially clear when interacting with his mother. There is a clear overuse of the personal pronoun "I", everything is hung around Paddy and no-one else. It is clear that the contrasting relationships that Paddy has heavily influences his choices and behaviour. He looks at his father like a role model to the point where he attempts to mimic him. He is desperate to impress but also slightly fears him. Paddy concentrates on his father's actions and reacts to them. Unlike this Paddy is far more self obsessed when interacting with his mother, she is almost unimportant, all the events are centred on Paddy, his emotions and his actions. We are also introduced to a more cruel side to Paddy with events involving his brother. He fails to emotionally connect with him and cannot recognise his emotions or in some ways his rights. Overall it is the combination of these family relationships that moulds the young Paddy and greatly influences his development. ...read more.

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