Irvine Welsh's Marabou Stork Nightmares Essay

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Irvine Welsh's Marabou Stork Nightmares
Works Cited Missing The text I have chosen to focus on is Irvine Welsh's, 'Marabou Stork Nightmares,' as I have found it particularly interesting I comparison to the other novels. Irvine Welsh introduces us to the wildly active, albeit coma-beset mind of Roy Strang, whose hallucinatory quest to eradicate the evil Marabou Stork keeps being interrupted by disturbing memories of social and family dysfunction that brought him to this state.

In the novel Welsh portrays Roy as an anti-hero, someone that believes that
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In the novel, the first person that Roy acts violently towards is Tam Mathews, and Roy even calls him, 'My first victim.' Even at an early age in Roy's life we see how he is desperate for respect off others and as I have previously mentioned, he thinks that violence is the best way to go about it. We are told that Tam Mathews embarrassed Roy, so to gain his revenge he stabbed him three times.

Another one of Roy's victims in the novel is a boy who Roy calls, 'Dressed-By-His-Ma-Cunt,

'The funny thing was though, that I felt sorry in general, never to the particular person I' abused. I just hated them even more. But eftir I did something like that I'd try to make it up by doing a good deed, like giving up my seat oan the bus tae an auld cunt or daein the dishes for my Ma. It was just that when I did something like I did to the Dressed-By-His-Ma-Cunt I always felt alive, so in control.'

Also, when Roy abuses Caroline Carson for flicking the back of his ears, he says to he, 'Nae cunt laughs at Roy Strang,' and 'I enjoyed the look in her eyes. Enjoyed the knife at her throat. Enjoyed the power.' Roy's final comment on that particular incident was, 'That was another problem sorted.'

The rape of Kirsty in the dark centre of the novel is by far the most serious case of Roy's abuse, although, despite the confessional narrative at the beginning of the novel, 'It

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