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An Exploration into Addiction and Self Concern in the group of cavalier characters in the novel Trainspotting by Irvine welsh In Irvine Welshs disturbing and tragic novel Trainspotting one of the most poignant yet controversial themes is the friendship between the central characters This comes to crisis point as the desperation of their heroin addiction increases The novel Trainspotting is a story of addiction and betrayal and for characters in the novel life is simply focused on where the next fix will come from Set in the underworld of Scotlands capital it tells of a wild freeform rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh lowlife Where a group of disaffected Scottish youths turn to heroin to escape the banalities of modern day existence Then they begin to discover that there are no easy solutions to inherent loneliness and pain of life Where for the characters all sense of normal behaviour disintegrates once they find themselves trapped a prime example of victims caught in todays viscous cycle of drugs Selfishness and self-destruction regularly go hand in hand throughout the novel A prime example of this is portrayed through a mother Lesley Who had become so addicted to and dependent on heroin to the extent that she had neglected her child at fault of her addiction resulting in its death This is the most distressing episode in the novel for the reader because the baby represented innocence and morality which is effectively conveyed by welsh as a complete contrast to the gang of drug users However if this scene wasnt saddening enough the seriousness and reality comes as a shock when we are to learn the first concern on Lesleys mind was heroin Ye cookin Ah need a shot Mark Ah really need a fuckin shot Cmoan Markycook us up a shot This part in the novel gives a severe anti-drug message put
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