The given excerpt clearly shows the key features of the characters - the furious father with mind clouded by the alcohol, the defenceless and unhappy mother and Elly, and the scared, but unbroken narrator.

All the characters were mentioned before, so should the definite article be used?


When you say "the father", it just means there was one father. How many times the father was mentioned before does not play a part in whether you say "the" or "a".

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