The Seafarer: A Novel Characters

Conor McPherson
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James "Sharky" Harkin

James “Sharky” Harkin is a man who has been through much grief in his life. He is the focus of this play. At the start of the play, he is in his fifties. He suffers from an extreme alcohol addiction. This addiction has caused many of his problems and failures. He constantly struggles to find work as most places have barred him from working there, because he is a very aggressive drunk and consistently gets into drunken brawls.

Sharkey also has a gambling problem. This gambling issue is what caused Mr. Lockhart to return for another game of cards. Also, Sharky is plagued by extreme anger issues. He contains much of his pent-up emotions and releases them when he drinks. Sharky always gets into fights and acts aggressively. Sharky even tries to punch one of the other characters, Nicky, while drunk, although Ivan is able to...

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