trainspotting

Topics: Heroin, Dialect, Irvine Welsh Pages: 4 (1571 words) Published: January 4, 2014
Choose one short chapter of Trainspotting. Consider Welsh's use of narrative position in that section and discuss language use (dialect, accent, taboo words) Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh is a novel based around the drug culture of Edinburgh in the 1980’s. Structured around the lives of five, male heroin addicts, the novel is assembled by a series of short stories that are tied together by characterization. The readers follow the lives of those who have chosen to drop out of polite society, as well as the self-battle to stay away from the addictive drug in hope of a better life. Focusing on the short chapter narrated by main character Renton, ‘It Goes without Saying’, (pg 51-56), it describes how the group of friends named Skag Boys, deal with a tragic issue under the influence of heroin. The chapter begins with Lesley, (a friend of the Skag Boys), bursting into the room, crying hysterically as she discovers her baby, Dawn, has passed away. Initially it seems to be caused by cot death, though it could also be from neglect. As the chapter develops, it becomes clear that Sick Boy is the father of Dawn as he notably becomes very emotional and distressed than the others until he then later claims to kick his use of heroin for good. The narrative position in ‘It Goes without Saying’ is wholly composed by main character Renton’s point of view. The first person structure works well within the chapter as it gives the paragraph a much closer and personal understanding of the situation the friends are dealing with, effectively making it more emotionally moving for the readers. The readers are able to feel sympathetic towards characters such as Sick Boy and Lesley, and at the same time fully grasp Renton’s emotions and attitude towards the misfortune. Straight away, the readers are able recognize that Renton feels uncomfortable and uncertain of how to deal with the situation through the use of short, sharp and simple sentence structure and frantic tone: Lesley comes...


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