American Gods

American Gods

An Irish leprechaun who breaks stereotypes through his height (over six feet tall) and his preference for Southern Comfort whiskey over Guinness beer. Mad Sweeney helps Shadow get the gold coin meant for the King of America that brings Laura back to life, but pays for this coin trick with his life when the New Gods come after him.

Mad Sweeney Quotes in American Gods

The American Gods quotes below are all either spoken by Mad Sweeney or refer to Mad Sweeney. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the William Morrow edition of American Gods published in 2013.
Chapter 8 Quotes

"I did it like he said. I did it all like he said, but I gave you the wrong coin. It wasn't meant to be that coin. That's for royalty. You see? I shouldn't even have been able to take it. That's the coin you'd give to the King of America himself…
"You did it like who said, Sweeney?"
"Grimnir. The dude you call Wednesday. You know who he is? Who he really is?"

Related Characters: Mad Sweeney (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur), Mr. Wednesday (Odin)
Related Symbols: Shadow’s Coins
Page Number: 193
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mad Sweeney Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Mad Sweeney appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Plurality and the Power of the Individual in America Theme Icon
Mr. Wednesday then welcomes Mad Sweeney , a tall man with ginger hair, to their table, and then goes to the... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Plurality and the Power of the Individual in America Theme Icon
Mad Sweeney warns Shadow that Wednesday is a hustler, and then the bar falls silent. Shadow comments... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
The Sacredness of American Land Theme Icon
Mad Sweeney puts “Who Loves the Sun” on the jukebox, and then notices that Shadow is doing... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
Mad Sweeney brings his coin trick back up, offering to fight Shadow for the secret. Shadow refuses,... (full context)
Deception Theme Icon
...to his own rental car, but Wednesday assures Shadow that he made a deal with Mad Sweeney that Mad Sweeney would take the car back. Shadow has no memory of making a... (full context)
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
Wednesday stops at a gas station to let Shadow clean up his injuries from fighting Mad Sweeney . Shadow wonders what Laura will say when she sees his black eye, then remembers... (full context)
Chapter 8
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...and then walks out into the fresh-fallen snow. As he approaches a bridge, Shadow sees Mad Sweeney , looking scared. (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
The Sacredness of American Land Theme Icon
Mad Sweeney jumps when he sees Shadow, nervously starting to explain that he has made a huge... (full context)
Change and Growth Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...pretend that death does not happen. Shadow pulls up behind the police cars and sees Mad Sweeney ’s frozen body next to a dumpster, with a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey still... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Plurality and the Power of the Individual in America Theme Icon
That evening, Shadow, Ibis, and Jacquel drink Jameson Gold in honor of Mad Sweeney , with Mad Sweeney’s body propped up in a chair. Ibis reads his account of... (full context)