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The novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha has no authorial presence at all yet the reader gains a richer understanding of the situation than Paddy or any other 10-year old could ever have With regard to the parents break up how does Doyle achieve this There are many factors which suggest how Doyle has succeeded in creating a triangular relationship between himself the reader and the narrator Paddy Clarke so that the reader has a greater awareness of the predicament that Paddy is in Doyles achievement is how he alternates the poetic and realistic without once lapsing into stream-of-self-consciousness the only way we - as readers can tell its written by an adult is by the spelling We see the violence in Paddys life peripherally Doyle tells us nothing more than what the child sees and comprehends One of the reasons for Roddy Doyles success lies in creating a realistic and convincing character for a 10-year old child He does this by his clever use of language and also in how he arranges his sentences to convey deep emotion and feeling than any emotive language could Hed hit her Across the face smack I tried to imagine it It didnt make sense Id heard it hed hit her Shed come out of the kitchen straight up to their bedroom Across the face P190 In this instance Doyle has used short and evident sentences to invoke a feeling of awe and confusion The short sentences represent how Paddy is dumbstruck and lost for words shocked by what hes heard this is also highlighted when he says here I tried to imagine it It didnt make sense Here he also emphatically uses onomatopoeia smack which adds to the sense of fearful respect and also Paddys child-like interpretation of events Repetition is used here Across the face heading his oft-repeated amazement Another example of how Doyle uses repetition can be seen on
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