Angela's Ashes Analysis

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What is like to grow up in Ireland in the 1930’s? Is it harsh? Is it serene and calm? Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, experienced what it was like first hand and shares his experience now. McCourt was born in America, but when times began to get tough his family was forced to move to Ireland, where both of his parents were from, to get some help from his grandmother. It was hard for Frank to grow up naturally with a father who was always drinking their money away. He learned, later, to either ignore it or accept it. In Frank McCourt’s, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, it is questionable that Frank overcomes the devastation he experiences through his mother, his siblings, and life lessons or illness. It is highly questionable to…show more content…
When the twins die and they have to move because it is too sad Frank does not even complain, he is actually overjoyed. When Frank and Malachy discover they have two floors he thinks to himself, "We’re happy with the house. We can walk from room to room and up and down the stairs. You feel very rich when you can go up and down the stair all day…” (McCourt 92). He does not only love the house, but he is not even a little bit upset about being moved all the time. This states how much of a stable person Frank McCourt can be in these tough kinds of situations. When Michael wants to stay with Frank at their dead grandmother’s house Frank is hesitant at first, but is secure enough to realize why Michael would not want to stay with his mother and that awful man, so he lets him stay there for the night. When Frank sees Michael after he receives his first wages he claims, “We’ll go to the Coliseum Cafe and have fish and chips,...lemonade galore, and then we’ll go to see Yankee Doodle Dandy…” (McCourt 314). Frank shows maturity and grounding when he decides not only to let Michael stay with him, but when he treats him to dinner, lemonade, and a movie. Frank McCourt remains stable and secure because of his siblings and what they teach him to do in tough

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