Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" Analytical Essay by capital writers

Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes"
An examination of the novel "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt with emphasis on the theme of father-son relationships.
# 29083 | 1,450 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 15, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper looks at how the relationship between the main character, Frank, and his father, Malachy, proves to be one of the influential and significant relationships portrayed by the novel, yet it is not a father-son relationship in the traditional sense. Malachy is destitute, he is an alcoholic, and he is the main reason why the family struggles, both in America and Ireland, yet he earns Frank's trust and loyalty. It shows how the novel goes to show that there are intrinsic ties between the father and son, that no matter how "far-stretched," cannot be broken.

From the Paper:

"Frank's story, essentially an account of his childhood, is written in the first person, present tense. He chronicles his childhood, focussing on the struggles of the family. Through these struggles, the environment, and his family, we see Frank's character development. He seems to repel all the negatives around him, and focus his energy at succeeding and rising above the poverty line.

Naturally, Frank's character development is primarily due to the influence of his parents. Frank's parents are not bad people, but they do very little to help his, and his siblings' situation. His mother, Angela, tries to raise them as a "normal" family, but struggles to provide for them. Her troubles are primarily due to disregard of her husband, Malachy."

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