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A walking time bomb: a study of Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe narrates the gruesome yet hilarious story of Francie Brady, an unlucky child from a dysfunctional family, who gradually looses contact with reality. Throughout the narrative, Francie's mental health deteriorates accordingly as crucial events take place, and eventually disaster strikes as he commits a hideous crime. Even though it is a fabricated story, it is utterly believable due to its realistic depiction of both Francie's destructive environment as well as his confused inner life. This essay strives to explain why Francie becomes a murderer: to establish whether he is a "natural born killer", a victim of circumstances or perhaps a combination of these two. Psychological research and authentic cases are used as secondary sources in order to illuminate the fact that there are close points of similarity between real life and the fictitious existence of Francie Brady.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Literature, McCabe, The Butcher Boy, Francie Brady, dysfunctional families, mental disorders, escape from reality
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-50516ISRN: LTU-CUPP--02/030--SELocal ID: 7c34e42f-ca97-48b1-b533-4c83fcabb887OAI: diva2:1023875
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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