Malachy didn't bring home the wages like a good husband but he would leave his family waiting at home for their supper whilst he went down to the pubs and drank all the money. At time like these, Frank could see his mother was angry and upset and he hated his father when he did that to her. Malachy came home drunk so many times, Frank and his brothers knew exactly what was going on when he didn't come home at dinner time, they knew not to talk to him because he'd done the 'bad thing'. Frank constantly says that as he is the eldest son, he wanted to bring home the money his father never did and a number of times he thinks to himself that he wished he had a different dad. When Oliver dies, Frank gets very angry at his father for putti... ... middle of paper ... ...ound him.
Angela’s Ashes - Frank McCourt's Love/Hate Relationship with his Father Angela’s Ashes is a memoir of Frank McCourt’s childhood and the difficulties he faced whilst growing up. His family were very poor and moved from America to Limerick to try and live an easier life. Frank’s father was constantly out of a job and never had enough money to support his family. Frank and his father have a very interesting relationship. Throughout the book, Frank constantly changes the way he feels for his father.
Malachy and Angela separately moved to America after the Civil War and met in New York. Angela, pregnant with a man from the North was frowned upon by her family, but she continued with the marriage and shortly after Francis McCourt, or Frank, was born. McCourt describes, “Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood” (McCourt 11). Angela’s Ashes is a memoir of McCourt’s impoverished life and challenges he faced. Frank McCourt uses hunger as a sign of physical need and psychological want for food to portray the sufferings of a Catholic Irishman.
His family was forced to move out of the United States, and move to their native country, Ireland. There Frank came upon many hardships such as the loss of his twin brothers, Eugene and Oliver, and his drunken father who couldn’t get a job for very long and only making matters worse. Frank is a very smart and diligent student. His classmates however show no respect for him because he is poor. He then quits school to begin working at the young age of fourteen.
It is a common view that times for the Irish majority in the 1930's and 40's were very hard. Especially for the Irish Catholic families with the stereotypical drunken father, emotionally wrecked mother, kids running round her with her sore back from the next child ready too be born. In Angela's Ashes, Mc Court examines his childhood experiences, the tragedies, hardships, learning, all involved with growing up.One of the most interesting aspects of the writing in Angela's Ashes is how the text is written, from Mc Courts interpretation of the situation at his age he was at the time, the spelling and grammar also indicates that the child is writing, not the adult. This contributes immensely to the emotions and enjoyment evoked from reading the book. It also better describes how a child actually sees the things going around them, and what they may be thinking.
Angela’s Ashes was one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read, yet I managed to laugh and cry as I read about Frank McCourt’s childhood entangled in poverty. Frank McCourt managed to provide a captivating narration from a child’s point of view that is heartbreaking, vulgar at times, and humorous on his life of extreme poverty and dealing with his father’s alcoholic problems. This memoir took place during the Depression and World War II, but mainly in Ireland; a country that is revolved around the Catholic Church, high unemployment rates, extreme poverty, and the curse of the Irish: alcohol. Before proceeding, I would like to inform you that I will be discussing some things that might spoil the book, so proceed with caution. Frank was born in depression era New York, to an alcoholic father who spent most of his wages in the pub, and a mother that was disgraced but desperate to take care of her family.
In the beginning of Frank McCourt’s autobiography, he is a naïve little boy. He listens only to what his father and mother tell him to do. Malachy, Frank’s father, asks Frank and his younger brother Malachy Jr. “You’ll die for Ireland, won’t you, boys?” and the boys answer with “We will, Dad.” (McCourt, 40). As Frank gets older, he soon realizes that the lack of money earned by his father is causing the whole family a huge amount of stress. “Dad tells Mam he’s going out for a walk.
However, Frank's true antagonist is not one individual, but the general discrimination he faces because of his poverty Setting (time) - Late 1930's and 1940's Setting (place) - Brooklyn, New York (briefly) and Limerick, Ireland Point of View - First person Falling Action - Frank earns enough money to leave for America, and says an emotional farewell to Ireland Tense - Present tense or immediate past; the author writes as though he is experiencing events for the first time, in the present moment Foreshadowing - The death of baby Margaret seems to anticipate Frank's near-continual state of bereavement in Limerick, as he struggles to cope with the demise of two of his brothers, Theresa, and many other friends and relations Tone - Humorous, self-effacing, matter-of-fact. McCourt matches his tone to the age of the narrator, becoming more serious and worldly as the narrative progresses Themes - Guilt, class distinction, hunger Motifs - Anti-English sentiment, stories and folktales Symbols - River Shannon, eggs
Through his responses, the responses of the people he meets and the way Mark Twain writes, we understand the messages within the text as to why they make The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of America’s greatest novels. Huck is a boy who comes from the lowest levels of white society. His father, known in the novel as Pap, is a dilapidated drunk who disappears for months at a time. Without parental guidance, Huck lacks a home and is not aware of society’s expectations upon him. Although the Widow Douglas attempts to change Huck, her attempts are in vain and he continues his merry way.
Once you get past all of the terrible things that McCourt had to go through, there were hilarious situations and happenings in his youth. Such as the time Frank skipped school and then had to stay away from home for days because he was scared of his mother being mad at him. When I first picked up Teacher Man, I experienced a sense of anticipation. After reading Angela's Ashes I wanted to find out what happened to this poor Irish boy, and I was overjoyed when I found out Teacher Man was going to be on the syllabus for English 10002. McCourt's style is very original because the whole book is like a conversation that McCourt is having with the reader, or that the reader is reading exactly what McCourt is thinking at the time.