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Why do you think games are important in the book Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha?

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Why do you think games are important in the book Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha? In the book Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha written by Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke is the main character. The author writes the book from Paddy's point of view in the first person. The book evolves around Paddy and his life experiences. Paddy is a boy aged ten, who lives with his Da also known as Patrick, his Ma, his younger brother Sinbad who real name is Francis and his two younger sisters Deidre and Cathy. Paddy and his family live in a house on a new estate in Barrytown. Barrytown is where many memories take place for Paddy. I think the author makes the games important to the book for many reasons. Firstly, at the age of ten all children like to play games to socialise, a method to making new friends and they also reveal the character and personalities of children. ...read more.


This shows that Paddy is wary about his surroundings, and always takes note of what's going on around him. Whilst playing the games with his friends Kevin becomes an automatic leader of the group. All the boys are aged ten, so the only real reason making him the gang leader is the power he has over the other children. Kevin has an older brother, which I think this is where Kevin gets his powerful attitude from. Kevin's older brother's attitude probably rubs off onto Kevin, making him the strongest, hardest and most powerful. Paddy and his friends usually let Kevin take charge of the group except from the time when they all played the Ci?nas game and Liam wouldn't take anymore of Kevin, so he stormed out of the game. None of the other boys left with Liam because they believed that Kevin's punishment would be extremely painful. ...read more.


For a reader, the Grand National is a good, exciting time of the book. It's interesting to the reader because of the excitement that overcomes Paddy. For Paddy, the game feels like a risk, like a human race that he must win. The way Paddy tells us about the Grand National it appears to be a flurry of images that Paddy thrives off. The danger of trespassing into peoples gardens excites Paddy. 'Off the grass, over the flower bed, across the path'. From the words 'danger, danger' it shows us that Paddy likes the danger of the Grand National. Also Paddy shouts out directions as if the Grand National is a routine, showing us that he's done it before and he's very experienced. 'Jump the hedge, roll, up and out their gate. Winner'. This shows us that Paddy tries his hardest to win the race and takes it very seriously to win the race. All the above reasons are why I think the games are important to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA Alexia Michael 10v ...read more.

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