A combination of a bad week and lousy weather can push a guy to find any kind of numbing anaesthetic nearby, even overpriced bullshit like whiskey. I slammed another $5 on the counter and ordered my fifth one that night. I could tell the barman didn’t like giving me it, but he also knew that if I kept this up I’d pay his month’s rent, so he poured another Scottish demon into a glass for me, placed two ice cubes in the drink, sighed, and handed it to me. I thanked him and took a sip. Recoiling from the bitterness, I noticed a new guy had walked in.
The only possible benefit from Tert Card's story was for it to show how drunk he and everyone else had become at the party. In reading the excerpt from Cannery Row by John Steinbeck I noticed that in many ways it was similar to "The Hairy Devil" chapter in The Shipping News. "And it is also generally understood that a party hardly ever goes the way it is planned or intended." This excerpt from Cannery Row helps illustrate the main themes of both works. In both stories the parties were not intended to get out of control but they took a sudden change of events, mostly due to the consumption of alcohol.
I can remember being so drunk in Rosa Rito Mexico that I woke up the next morning not remembering a damn thing from the night before. That includes puking up my dinner, the seven hundred and fifty-ml bottle of Bacardi Limon and the ten or fifteen other mixed drinks I had. If my friends did not tell me of the details from the previous night I would had never known what happened. The coroner’s report really made me look at the way I drink. I’m not going to stop drinking, but I am going to be a lot more responsible and careful when I do.
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Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. New York: Collier Books. 1982. Grenberg, Bruce L. "Fitzgerald's 'Figured Curtain': Personality and History in Tender Is the Night."
Lives are lost along the way—the innocents, the children. And still Malachy depends on the drink. He is a constant disappointment—and spirals the family deeper and deeper into poverty over the years, mainly because of his addiction. Alcoholism is a terrible disease that can happen to anyone, and the person might not even notice it until the addiction is at its worst. In Angela’s Ashes, Malachy’s alcoholism ruins his family’s chance for a happy life, and he doesn’t even seem to care, as long as he has his alcohol everything seems fine.
He started out as a social drinker just like everyone else. He started to need alcohol, and became an embarrassment to his family and friends. He drank more to avoid his problems. His alcoholism led to his affair, and the end of his marriage to Lucinda. His denial led to his desperate pleas for money and alcohol from his friends.
Web. 21 Oct. 2013 "War and Grace: The Importance of Tender is the Night." Tender is the Night: The Broken Universe. Milton R. Stern. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994.
Alcohol had always left an impression in his life through the good and the bad he was known to be an alcoholic. Alcohol intoxication was clearly the cause of death for Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was found delirious off in a ditch almost a week after he had gone missing. There is proof that Poe was an alcoholic the letters that were found between him and his cousin stated that though he wished he could, he wished that he could stop drinking but it seemed as though he needed alcohol in his life. Another cause for Poe’s addiction was definitely concurring due to the loss of his parents along with the loss of the love of his life, his cousin.
He was in the early stage, and in the early stage, his main focus was on beer and just beer alone, but that escalated quickly. The next stage is the mental obsession stage, and in this stage, the sufferer has repeated drinking patterns and has learned some alcoholic behaviors (Donahue 55). The alcoholic gains a false confidence, or will to power. Some seemingly profound insights and inspirations come to him, and he attributes this to his drinking. The alcohol feels that he can out-punch or out-wit anyone in the bar, seduce any woman, buy rounds after his money is spent, and drink forever.