When our hero tries to commit suicide (and fails) he is forced to confront his needs, needs unsatisfied for generations. Ireland has long been seen as a land with more than its fair share of the blues. It was just accepted that you were depressed. Your parents were depressed. Their parents were depressed. Here we see a way of ending the cycle--the cycle of drinking to cover the pain, hiding the inability to say I love you. And it's as simple as that. It starts with just saying I love you.