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Davie Renton Character Analysis

Davie Renton was Rent Boy and Billy’s brother; he was fully paralyzed and died before the events of the novel. Other kids made fun of Davie’s condition, and they made fun of Rent Boy and Billy as a result. Davie’s paralyzed condition has strong parallels to Rent Boy’s own condition while high, particularly during the “Junk Dilemmas” interludes in the book.

Davie Renton Quotes in Trainspotting

The Trainspotting quotes below are all either spoken by Davie Renton or refer to Davie Renton . 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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Blowing It Quotes

Ah have an unresolved relationship wi ma deid brother, Davie, as ah huv been unable tae work oot or express ma feelings about his catatonic life and subsequent death.

Related Characters: Rent Boy (speaker), Davie Renton , Dr. Forbes
Related Symbols: Heroin
Page Number: 184
Explanation and Analysis:
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Davie Renton Character Timeline in Trainspotting

The timeline below shows where the character Davie Renton appears in Trainspotting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Blowing It
Addiction and Society Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
...if Rent Boy’s addiction has anything to do with the death of his brother ( Davie Renton , not Billy), since Rent Boy started taking heroin shortly afterward. (full context)
Addiction and Society Theme Icon
Scottish Identity Theme Icon
Sex, Libido, and Gender Norms Theme Icon
...connecting with other students. Dr. Forbes returns to the subject of Rent Boy’s dead brother, Davie Renton , who was totally paralyzed and could only blink and swallow. Rent Boy admits he... (full context)
Addiction and Society Theme Icon
Scottish Identity Theme Icon
...his mother feels guilty and sees similarities between Rent Boy’s situation and the death of Davie Renton . (full context)
Addiction and Society Theme Icon
Scottish Identity Theme Icon
...convince his Ma to give him some Valium, which she got a prescription for after Davie Renton ’s death. She feels like she’s an expert in addiction after kicking her own Valium... (full context)