Trainspotting Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Sick Boy dictate activities in The Skag Boys?

In The Skag Boys, Sick Boy is drug-sick. Renton, his friend, does not want to leave the flat, where they are watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme video. Sick Boy is by far the dominant of the two, though, and he browbeats Renton into going to their preferred dealer on the other side of town. When they arrive, they are both jonesing, but Sick Boy makes Renton wait for him as he slowly climbs the steps to the dealer's flat.

2. What sadistic joke does Johnny Swan play in The Skag Boys?

In The Skag Boys, Swan - Sick Boy and Renton's connect - momentarily insists everyone share on needle, a serious concern given the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Skag community. The moment is tense, but Swan eventually says he is joking.

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