The woman who wlked into doors Essay

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The woman who wlked into doors

"The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" is a novel written by Roddy Doyle, set in Ireland in the
early 1990s. This story combines love and violence and shows how the two can go together
in one marriage.


The story is written like a diary of Paula Spencer's good and bad memories in her life and
gives the reader the impression that Paula is sharing her life story with us and she is
also narrating her life as we read.


The story begins with a prison guard arriving at Mrs Spencer's door to give Paula the
unfortunate news that her husband, Charlo has died. Then Paula explains the marital status
between her and her husband, which is that they are separated. She talks of their wedding,
their children and then she moves on to talk of the savage attacks Charlo gave her. She
tells of times when she was raped, battered and even more brutal, nearly killed. She told
the doctors that she fell down the stairs or ‘walked into doors' to justify her broken
bones and bruises, because if she told them the truth, Charlo would hurt her, yet again.
After seventeen years of too much pain and torture she received from him, she gives him a
taste of his own medicine and throws him out of the house for good. Paula's family has
barely enough money to manage throughout the week but they struggle and live in a state of
poverty. Paula's marriage with Charlo goes from love to loveless and she becomes trapped
within herself and she can't do anything about it because she is so weak from her
beatings.


Paula Spencer (nee O'Leary) is the story's main character, leads a very sad life in many
ways. She was married to Charles, better known as Charlo for eighteen years and has four
children, Nicola aged eighteen, John Paul aged sixteen, Leanne aged twelve and Jack aged
five and is thirty nine years of age herself. Her fifth child died during pregnancy, no
thanks to the brutal attacks she experienced. She has become a widow, and before her
husband's death, was separated from him. Her father died of cancer. She has three sisters,
one of which is dead and three brothers. Her mother is alive and well.


Paula is an alcoholic and blames it on Charlo because of the horrendous way he treated
her. To try and block this out she started drinking heavily. She fell deeper and deeper
into the grip of alcoholism. She found it made her forget about reality and often made her
feel calmer. However, she never drank until her children were in bed, thus sparing them
the heartache of seeing their mother in such a drunken state. She works as a cleaner,
mainly in houses and she cleans an office building on Tuesdays. She hides her alcohol in
the shed and throws the key into the garden until she needs it at night when she will go
and find it. She is very proud of her children because they have helped her survive
through the harder times. Her only main concern is the welfare of her children. She tells
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