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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha has no authorial presence at all Yet the reader gains a richer understanding of Paddys situation than he or any ten year old child could ever have How does Roddy Doyle achieve this with regard to Paddys parents break up One of the first and most relevant passages in the book is when Patrick wakes up and hears the television and from that knows that his parents are still awake He stays on the stairs and listens to Ma and Da arguing in the kitchen We can tell that he doesnt want to believe that there is any serious trouble by the fact that as soon as it stops he realises that it wasnt anything to worry about and goes back to bed Another event leading up to Paddys parents break up is when Ma decides that it is time they went out for a family outing However as it was raining they had to take the car and drive to a place that was close enough to walk but the weather wouldnt allow them to The family has a picnic in the car but oblivious to Paddy and his brother his parents are having another disagreement Patrick hears his mother say something but think that his father hears her He doesnt realise that Da is ignoring her When Ma leaves the car Paddy and his brother assume that she has gone for ice creams but she gets back in because It was too wet for Cathy Patrick knows that something had happened but didnt know what On several occasions the subject is changed to avoid the children being subjected to the tension between Ma and Da In one instance Paddy walks in from school and into an argument This makes him more aware of the problems his father then asks him about school to change the conversation From this passage I have noticed
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