Focusing On Paula's Struggle For Identity In Roddy Doyle's "The Women Who Walked Into Doors"

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How does Roddy Doyle structure ‘The Women Who Walked Into Doors’ in order to focus our attention on Paula’s struggle for identity?

‘The Woman Who Walked into Doors’ is written by Roddy Doyle. The story has thirty nine years of timescale. Doyle made the narrator as female first person singular. Narrator Paula is 39 years old. She is married. She has three children. She is Roman Catholic and she has lived in Northern Irish.

As the result of using first person narrator Doyle structured the story in non correct order. Paula’s faded memory made the story go sideways. In every chapter she keeps changing the subject. Her feelings have changed as well as her situations. She shuffles her good moments and the bad moments. This makes the reader to guess what the end is going to be. Doyle made the reader to connect her feelings and the events in correct order. For example she talks about the conversation with the guard and stops it, then continues in chapter five stop talking about it. This makes the reader to keep guessing what would’ve happen.

Roddy Doyle writes the story from a first person point of view. He gave the narrator an informal manner of speech. Paula not trying to be a professional story teller at any point of the story. She uses words independently and tells what comes into her mind. Doyle uses different words to describe different situations. This gave the narrator different sorts of emotions each situation. In chapter one she says ‘‘we had this screeching bell like an alarm that shook the walls when anyone rang it. It lifted me off the floor, the kids started bawling; it was fuckin dreadful’’. This way of speech shows she is very jittery about something. Doyle uses a simile to explain the loudness of the bell. The phrase ‘fuckin dreadful’ shows how feared she is. Dolye gave a clue about her identity but he didn’t say why. The reader is eager to know why she is scared.

In chapter two she says ‘I swooned the first time I saw Charlo. I actually did. I didn’t faint or fall on the floor but my legs went rubbery on me and I giggled. I suddenly knew that I had lungs because they were empty and collapsing. This shows she is romantic and her idea of love. The reader could picture exactly what she feels. Doyle carefully chooses the words to describe Paula’s feelings. The informal speech of narrator shows her identity in different situations.

In chapter eighteen she admits her as alcoholic. She says ‘my children have gone without good food because of my drinking. My children have suffered because of my drinking’. ‘I put the bottles in the shed in back and throw the key into the long grass around the edges of the back garden’. She stopped drinking by putting the bottles in side the shed. She stopped drinking because she loves her kids. She says ‘‘I’ve been doing that for three months, a week and...

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