Summary Part 2 Chapter 6

Part Two Chapter six of Roddy Dole’s ‘ A Star Called Henry ‘, published in 1999 by Jonathan Cape in Great Britain, deals with Henry’s situation during and after the Insurrection 1916.

Being 14 years old, Henry takes part in the Easter Rising 1916.  Altough he is a member of the Irish Citizen Army, Ireland does not represent anything of importance to him. He joined that institution due to James Conolly who is like a father, teaching and appreciating him. In the General Post Office, Henry is asked to read the Proclamation of the Republic.

The soldiers are prevented from their work by women who demand money for their husbands fighting for the British. As Henry persuades Conolly to fullfill the request, Henry is more high held than before because of his attractive outward appearance. Giving the women the demanded, many ask for a relationship but he only promises Piano-Annie to come after the insurrection.

When first actions take place, Henry shoots at a children shoes store and other stores providing food or clothing.

Then days go by without anything of interest. That is why the ill- equipped soldiers invent stories by adding them to given information. As he meets Miss O’ Shea belonging to an organization of women who also were fighting for rights, both notice each other and they start a relationship.

Shops are broken by Irish citizens and homeless persons to drop things and a conflict results due to different aspects concerning political and class differences within the army.

The British become more and more superior and cause grievous harm to the infrastructure and to the people whille they are indifferent relating to the guilt or innocence one has. Because of that hopeless situation, the leader of the Insurrection 1916 declare unconditional surrender. The participants and relatives are killed as punishment.

Henry succeeds in fleeing to Piano-Annie and starts a relationship with her.