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Transcript of The Drunkard
by Frank O'Connor
"The Drunkard" takes place in Blarney Lane, a mildly crowded street with homes, a local church, and a pub. There are carriages, thus indicating that the story takes place in the early 1900s. The setting connects with the author's background.
Lies in the external conflict between
and his father,
Pseudonym for Michael O' Donovan
Born in 1903 in Cork City, Ireland
Childhood marked by father's alcoholism and ill-treatment of him and his mother
Raised in poverty
Tone & Style
Point of View
Set in the perspective of Larry
The protagonist of the story. The story is narrated through his perspective as he recalls a traumatizing, but humorous event from his childhood.
- Can be inferred that he is young:
"Dadda, can't we go home now?"
- Dynamic, flat character
- Larry's father
- Fatal flaw is drinking, which could be triggered by certain danger signs
"Drink, you see, was Father's great weakness."
"Mother and I...dreaded all the dangers. Funerals were one. [...] Peter was another danger signal."
- A proud, haughty character
"...this was a bad sign; a sign he was becoming stuffed up with spiritual pride and imagining himself better than his neighbors.
- Dynamic, flat
Mick has a history of alcohol abuse.
Larry accompanies Mick to the funeral "to act as a brake on Father", in the event that Mick drinks alcohol
"Walk a Little Straighter"
And I'd say
Walk a little straighter Daddy
You're swaying side to side
Your footsteps make me dizzy
And no matter how hard I try
I keep tripping and stumbling
If you'd look down here, you'd see
Walk a little straighter Daddy
You're leading me
0:43 - 1:17
Mick does not drink for that day and his wife refers to Larry as his father's "guardian angel" because he served his purpose in acting as a brake.
However, it is not for certain whether Mick actually stopped drinking.
My brave little man!
' [Mom] said with her eyes shining. '
It was God did it you were there. You were his
- His funeral causes Mick Delaney to have the urge to drink once again.
- He knew nearly, if not, every occurrence in town.
"Peter...a mean man...who only went to funerals for the free drinks he could get at them. It turned out that
he hadn't even known Mr. Dooley
represents temptation and corruption.
represents innocence and childhood.
like a lemonade stand!
Savanna Birchfield, Aimiel Casillan, Maddie Hawn, Justin Myung
The climax of the story occurs when the father realizes that Larry is intoxicated.
Man vs. man
so this happens...
Larry accompanies his father to Mr. Dooley's funeral and later to the local pub.
Larry gets a hold of Mick's alcohol and drinks it while his back is turned.
Larry quickly becomes very sick and intoxicated.
As the father and Peter Crowley take Larry home, there is a significant change in his behavior.
The mother is concerned and moans over Larry's intoxication.
- The antagonist
Method of Development
Primarily through actions and dialogue
Irresponsibility leads to dire consequences.
innocence vs. corruption
The title, "The Drunkard"
The father at the funeral
Situational irony -
"...and at the same moment the truth began to dawn on Father. I supposed I might have looked a bit starry-eyed."
"It was with something like
that he saw his old friend lowered into the grave..."