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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is a story of childhood loss and disappointment The story is told in the unconventional manner of a first person narrative where the narrator and protagonist Paddy Clarke takes the reader through a harsh and chaotic year in the life of a 10-year-old Northern Irish boy Paddy and his friends play and explore in their village where life forces them through the sometimes-horrific process of growing up Specifically Paddys relationship with his brother Sinbad changes due to many of the outside influences and happenings that surround them such as relationships with friends and their parents relationship with each other Early on Paddy seemingly has no relationship at all with Sinbad He is much more concerned with impressing his friends or those people he wants to be his friends and sees his brother as the perfect means for doing so He invokes horrible methods of torture or performs cruel tests on his brother to try to win the respect of his friends Subconsciously Paddy enjoys this simply because he feels superior by forcing these things on his brother and feels he now has some status in the group For example Paddy pours lighter fluid into Sinbads mouth and sets it on fire showing the sibling hate he has for his undeserving brother In addition Paddy talks about giving his brother a dead leg giving the impression that it is not a spur of the moment idea but that he was going out of his way to harm Sinbad because of something he had done previously However physical pain alone is not enough for Paddy he feels he must inflict emotional pain on his brother by getting him in trouble with their parents However at times the two brothers have very much in common especially when it comes to their parents Once their parents have an argument Sinbad and Paddy have something in common in that they both dislike their parents fighting
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