The Informer by
Call Number: PR6029.F5 I64 (OSF)
Publication Date: 1980
n Denis Donoghue’s Preface to The Informer, he describes Gypo Nolan's actions as being that of “the stupidity that goes with violence, force of instinct.” However, it is not Gypo’s intellect that brings him to resort to this action, but the virtually nonexistent alternatives he is offered in order to forge a better life outside of crime and/or the Organization (IRB, IRA). Liam O’Flaherty explicitly demonstrates this alternative to the breaking of social codes, not as a misguided deed, but one that is pitiable under Gypo’s circumstances. O’Flaherty describes the way the Organization’s judges felt towards Gypo’s pleas for mercy; "They forgot that he was a viper they must crush. They only knew at that moment, that he was a poor, weak human being like themselves, a human soul, weak and helpless in suffering, shivering in the toils of the eternal struggle of the human soul with pain." Gypo’s plight is one that is relatable to all of humanity, presenting us with the epitome of our struggle for the greener side of life.