• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

“Examine how the relationship between Paddy and Sinbad changes and develops through the novel”

Extracts from this document...


Gareth Hopkins 20/1/02 "Examine how the relationship between Paddy and Sinbad changes and develops through the novel" Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His first novel, The commitments, was published to great acclaim in 1987 and was made into a very successful film by Alan Parker in 1991. The snapper was published in 1990 and has also been made into a film, directed by Stephen Frears. His third novel, The van, was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize. Paddy Clarke ha ha ha was published in 1993 and won the Booker Prize. Patrick Clarke is a ten-year-old boy trying to make sense of his world. He is confused. His Ma and Da fight too much. School seems like a joke. And love, though it has a good reputation, seems pretty cruel. Paddy sees everything, but has trouble understanding it all. His story is an exuberant romp through the triumphs, indignities, and troublemaking detours of an Irish childhood. Doyle has captured the mind and thoughts, worries and happy moments of this young boy in a most astonishing way. Boys of that age can be really cruel, and Paddy Clarke is no exception. Teasing, bullying and fights are part of everyday life. It is a matter of survival, to never show any sign of weakness. ...read more.


A few days later, Paddy and Sinbad are out with their friends and Paddy tries to put lighter fuel in Sinbad's mouth. This is the first real instance that we see Paddy bullying Sinbad in front of his friends to increase his popularity. Sinbad refuses to swallow the lighter fuel and Paddy feels embarrassed about this, so he reverts to violence in order to control him. "This was terrible; in front of the others, I couldn't sort out my little brother. I got the hair above his ear and pulled it up; I lifted him." Paddy wants to hurt Sinbad so he looks good in front of his friends and tries to increase his own popularity by committing such acts. Nothing much happens concerning their relationship in the next twenty-odd pages, but then Paddy shows how much he cares about Sinbad during a meal one night. Sinbad is not eating his food, and his Da shouts at him. His da then says "I'm going in now to read my paper. And if that plate isn't empty by the time I come back I'll let you have what for." Paddy realises that Sinbad is not going to eat his food, and so he helps Sinbad out. "It was empty; in me and in the bin." ...read more.


Again, however, Paddy's relationship with sinbad is reinforced when their Da hits them with a belt for misbehaving. Sinbad is crying upstairs. Paddy goes upstairs, and when Sinbad sees him he calms down. "He was crying. When he saw it was me he slowed down." This is one of the moments when they genuinely care for each other and it almost feels as if they would do absolutely do anything for each other. Sinbad agrees with Paddy here to try and make Paddy like him more. Later on in the novel, towards the end, Paddy becomes confused about his own relationship with Sinbad and is unsure whether he likes him or not. "Why did people not like each other? I hated Sinbad. But I didn't" He is quite confused here, sometimes he hates Sinbad, but other times he likes him. Deep down, although he doesn't show it very often, Paddy loves Sinbad. He can't imagine being with out Sinbad and when he imagines what life would be like without Sinbad, he cries. "I loved Sinbad." Throughout the novel, even though they have their ups and downs, they care deeply for each other and would be lost without each other. The splitting up of Ma and Da brings them closer together and they seek comfort in each other. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Why family structures are changing.

    This organisation provided a number of methods of support and it empowered Jake by building on his self esteem and empowering him to take control of his own life while doing the best for his son. An in-depth analysis of the effects of two issues on the family members The

  2. To my Brother

    But this was within my control. I can control my future. I can control what I want to do. Judging by the positions of the ever-changing moon, it took me roughly a week and three days, before the I realized that. That I can control who I am and what I become.

  1. Explore the authors approach to the character of Jim Hawkins in the Novel "treasure ...

    In fact as Hawkins watched Silver he actually became impressed by how deep and clever he was. Not only this but he fall for the cover up: "I would have gone bail for the innocence of long John Silver" We later find out that this was a big mistake as

  2. How does Doyle create a convincing voice for the ten year old narrator in ...

    Tormenting each other is what they do best. 'We left Sinbad stuck in the hedge and pretended we'd run away' The immaturity of a child is highlighted here as he finds this treatment of Sinbad funny and enjoyable.

  1. How and how effectively does Dannie Abse end 'Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve'?

    his boisterously false carelessness, he pretends to be completely oblivious to his own actions and state of mind. "It had been raining, but now the sun, aware that it was my birthday, rubbed its way through the clouds transforming their edges into a silver splendour."

  2. Show how Roddy Doyle in "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" explores the darker side ...

    aware of the part his father's violence plays in this as the novel progresses. The fighting games of Paddy and his friends and the poverty endured by two of Paddy's friends also show a certain sinister aspect about childhood.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work