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The Drunkard

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Jessica Gross

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of The Drunkard

Theme
In the short story, " The Drunkard", Frank O'Connor depicts the theme of how parents have a very strong influence on the choices their children make. Larry got drunk because of pure curiosity and followed his father's example.
Symbolism
Mr. Dooley- conceit and pride
Lemonade- innocence and respectability
Porter-impurity and nonacceptance
"Boys of Wexford" song- heroism
Summary of Author
The story "The Drunkard" was written by Frank O' Connor based off of a similar experience of dealing with an alcoholic father as a child.
By: Frank O' Connor
The Drunkard
Plot
The Drunkard begins with the death of Mr. Dooley, the close friend/neighbor of Mick Delaney (father). Mick decides to attend the funeral and takes his son, Larry, who is advised by his mother to accompany his dad. Mick and his son end up at a pub, where Mick orders a pint for himself. However, Larry's curiosity leads him to finishing the pint before his father can even take a sip. In his drunken state, the child is taken home where he is regarded by his mother to be his fathers guardian angel.
Central Conflict and Resolution
Characters
Point of View
Tone
Method of Development
Cork, Ireland
Blarney Lane (Larry's House)
The Pub
Mr. Dooley's Funeral
In the early 1900's
Setting
Light-hearted
humorous
serious
first person- Larry
Conflict: Man vs. Society
Larry tries to prevent his father, Mick Delaney, from getting drunk because that is the task that his mother set for him and he knows that his father is going to be mocked by the townspeople.
Resolution: The resolution for the direct problem, which is trying to keep his father from getting drunk, comes when Larry gets drunk to prevent his fathers humiliation.
In terms of Man vs. Society, the father is especially self-pitying and embarrassed by what happened, so perhaps in the future he will approach his role in society differently. It is still undetermined whether he will change or not.
Protagonist (round, dynamic): Larry Delaney, around 7-9 years old, doesn't want an alcoholic father
Antagonist (flat): the society that surrounds Mick and Larry; mocks and stereotypes the two
Other Characters: father (dynamic, round), mother, Crowley, Mr. Dooley
The title "The Drunkard"
Larry being a guardian angel
the fact that Larry gets drunk
Mick Delaney's hypocrisy
Rising action: Mick and Larry go to the funeral, and to the pub where he orders a lemonade and a pint of beer. Larry drinks ther beer and gets drunk.
Climax : Mick's greatest moment of embarassment and realization on the way home, neighbors laughing at the two
Falling Action: The mother blames Mick for his negative influence on their child, and Mick's expression of " the most intense self-pity"
Denouement: The next day, when Mick has left for work, and the mother praises Larry and calls him a "guardian angel"
Walk a Little Straighter
by: Billy Currington

Irony
Jessica Gross
Val Escandon
KC
Delena Humble
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ILY2JESS
AWHHH
VAL WE ARE HAVING A CONVO IN HIS EYE....
FRANK O'CONNOR ROKS MY SOKS
IM NOT ASHAMED
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