Pregnancy
Snapper stands for a baby, child, kid, which is the main matter of the book. The
story evolves around the pregnancy of the main character. But to snap means you
change moods very easily, because of the hormonal changes during a pregnancy.

Biography: Roddy Doyle was born in 1958 in Dublin and has grown up there, in

Kilbarrack, to be precise. Kilbarrack is a suburb in the north of Dublin, close
to the sea. He was a Geography and English teacher there and thus stayed in
touch with all generations of his neighborhood. He loves that part of town and
knows that inside the aggressive, foul mouthed, drunken "eejits" there
is (more often than not) a heart of gold. At one point Doyle felt that the only
way to express his true love and sympathy for the suffering people around them
was to write about them. His first book The Commitments was made into a very
succesful movie by Alan Parker and it helped to establish Roddy Doyle\'s
reputation as a writer of best- sellers Bibliography: The Commitments (1987).

The Snapper (1990) The Van (1991). Paddy Clake Ha Ha Ha (1993). The Woman Who

Walked into Doors (1996). Genre: lt\'s a novel about a working-class family which
has to deal with the pregnancy of the daughter. Motto: This book is delicate to

Belinda Characters: Main Characters. -Sharon, a girl being pregnant and giving
birth to a child of a married man from the neighborhood. -George Burgess, the
father of Sharon\'s child. -Veronica, the mother of Sharon. -Jimmy sr, Sharon’s
father. Minor Characters -Jimmy jr, Sharon’s brother who has decided to be a
famous discjockey. -Tracy, Linda (= twins), Darren and Les, the rest of Sharon\'s
brothers and sisters. -Yvonne, Jackie and Mary, these are the best friends of

Sharon, with whom she spends quite a lot of their time (and money) in a pub,
getting "pissed" (=drunk) -Paddy, Bertie and Bimbo, the pals of Jimmy sr.

Ordering of time: The story is built up very simple, it is told chronologically.

Setting: The setting, like most of Doyle’s work, is a suburb exactly like the
one he lives in himself. He calls it Barrytown, and it is a working class-suburb
with tiny houses, lots of children in the streets, unemployment and heavy
drinking (barry means happy in Irish). Narration: The story is told by the
omniscient point of view, so the reader gets an insight in what the characters
are thinking and feeling, or when Sharon is feeling pain or sickness during her
pregnancy, or when Jimmy sr. was mad at Sharon because she was pregnant and
wouldn’t tell him who the father was. Language: The English being used by the
characters is mostly Irish dialect, which means that they pronounce "jezus"
like "jayses", and they use lots of insulting words. You could say they
speak slang. Theme: In Barrytown exists a great sense of togetherness both
within the family and in the local community, but sometimes things happens which
can cause a divide. Sharon getting pregnant of a married man and not telling who
he was, is an example of such an event. The book could also be entitled as:

"Nine months in the life of a family in a Dublin suburb". Plot/outline: The

Rabibitte family lives in Barrytown, a north-Dublin suburb. One day, after
dinner, Sharon Rabbitte tells her parents that she is pregnant. The father and

Sharon are having a big row, because she refuses to tell who the father of the
child is. Sharon goes to buy a book which describes the details of pregnancy.

When she is in her 1 l th week signs start to show. The time has come to tell
her friends, but she keeps postponing it, because she knew they would ask who
the father is. Her friends are sympathetic and delighted for her. One night

Bimbo, a pal of Jimmy sir, told him that he heard that George Burgess said that

Sharon was a great little ride. Jimmy sr. was furious and wanted to crease him.

When Jimmy sr. got home he warns Sharon for George. The next day Sharon goes to

George and told him to stop or else she would tell his wife (they were both
drunk and made a mistake). A few days later George has disappeared, because he
has told his wife about Sharon. George his wife tells the community that Sharon
has seduced her husband. Sharon decides to deny everything and makes up a story
about a Spanish sailor for her friends. Jimmy sr. is mad and Sharon says she\'s
sorry and threatens