Book Report Angelas Ashes

analytical Essay
879 words
879 words

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
A Look at Irish Culture during the Depression Era

Frank Mc Court, the author of Angela’s Ashes, was born during the Great Depression. A few years after immigrating to the United States because their families believed they would find their fortune here, his Irish family moved back to Ireland in hopes of a better life. They were met with only more hardships in their native country. His book shows the struggle and small joys of daily life with siblings, school friends, and the adults in his life. It also provides much insight into the way the people in Ireland lived at that time. The author tells the story from the viewpoint of Frank, the oldest child of a father whose background in "the North" (having been involved with the IRA) causes continual suspicion. His mother, Angela, had never known her father and her own mother is very miserly and offers no help to the woman and her children.
Through the course of telling about his own life and his family’s hard times, McCourt touches upon the fighting that went on between the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland and the toll this had on the Irish people. He also delved deeply into the issue of poverty among the Irish and the many ways they dealt with the hardship in their lives.
Life in the Irish city of Limerick is so hard that starvation is a way of life for most of the residents "Consumption," pneumonia, and typhoid are rampant; children go to school barefoot or in pie...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that frank mc court, of angela's ashes, was born during the great depression. his irish family moved back to ireland in hopes of a better life.
  • Analyzes how mccourt touches upon the fighting between the catholics and protestants in northern ireland and the toll this had on the irish people. he also delved deeply into the issue of poverty among
  • Explains that life in the irish city of limerick is so hard that starvation is a way of life for most of the residents.
  • Analyzes how mc court depicts those in charge of the relief system as being biased and unchristian.
  • Narrates how the children tore apart the furniture to keep their apartment heated during an especially cold winter. the landlord commented that he thought they had rented a 4-room apartment when it was only 3-room.
  • Explains that even relatives who had money were not always eager to help the family. when there was a death, everyone showed up with lots of food and beer.
  • Opines that the irish children were more concerned about filling their stomachs rather than minds, and would cut school to go out looking for food and coal.
  • Analyzes how frank leaves school to earn money for the family after his father had joined the war-time wave of work in england and did not return.
  • Opines that mc court's book was interesting because it was written from first-hand experience with a culture they had heard about through cultural events in america, but had not really learned much of its history.
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