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"Father and Son" by Bernard MacLaverty

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Herberto Werner

on 3 December 2014

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Transcript of "Father and Son" by Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty
Famous writer in Scotland/Ireland

Collection of short stories->love, familiar relationship, faith

"A Time to Dance & Other Stories"(1982)


real-life problems






Potray of the author
Analysis
Thesis:
two extreme feelings: love and hate
real-life problem: Protests in Belfast
What is the story about?
father and son relationship with communication problems
"Father and Son" by Bernard MacLaverty
Father: asking questions, worries a lot & acts like a woman
Son: ignores him, keeps distance, feels disgusted by his behavior
conflict intensifying
One Evening: Death of the son
Place of act:
noisy, violent area
"The sounds of ambulances criss-crossing the city"
"...pushes a hand gun beneath his pillow"
Narration
: first-person narrator
Analysis
Time:
conflicts in Belfast
Structure:

-Exposition: feelings, past, activities
-climax: tragic end
Characters
:
father
son
cares, worries
hates, dependent
Analysis
Onomatopoeia
"...the door shudders"
feels shaken by the conflict
"...cracking like fire"
anger burning between them
"slap"
hidden anger of the father
Analysis
Anaphora
"I want..." , "I want...", "I want..."
easy and closer relationship like before
nothing will change in the city
Hyperbole
"... mice have more courage"
womanish behavior
reality: the aggression and violence on the streets
Analysis
Vocabulary/Language
emotional expressions and thoughts
foul, aggressive
lovely, fearful
Message?
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