Frank O'Connor (Irish writer)
One of my favorite authors is Frank
O'Connor. Frank O'Connor is a pseudonym of Michael Odonovan, born in Cork,
Ireland in 1903. He grew up in an Irish provincial town. His published works
include poems, plays, novels, translations, criticism.
Frank O'Connor was a real master of
the short story. He could draw his readers into Irish life, showing his sense
of humour and his compassion for human beings in their loneliness and their
As you know a story's success
depends on how heroes are presented in the story. They can be presented through
the character's actions or their speech; through a physical description and
through the opinions of other characters.
In the Frank O'Connor's book
"The Idealist" the heroes are presented through actions and
conversations. I think that each character must have a special quality that
makes you remember him for a long time. The main hero - Delany - was truthful,
frank, decisive. Gorman, his classmate was mean, dishonest and unpleasant. By
the way of contrast the author managed to underline the romantic nature of
Delany, who created his own world of things, people and ideas.
What impressed me most of all in
Melonie, the teacher, it was his cruelty. He punished pupils with a cane. It
goes without sign that the theme of the story is the relationships between
pupils and a teacher. I think they were awful.
Though Delany created his own world
thanks to books, the real world turned out to differ from the imaginary one. I
shall now elaborate the fourth point of my talk. I sympathize (admire, hate,
spoilt my impressions of the book) with the main hero because he didn't give up
reading, he continued reading books.
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