Analysis Of Frank Mccourt 's ' The ' Ashes '

1050 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
A brand new country. A lonely pub. Two different people, living entirely different lives. Drunken laughs. A one night stand. And 9 months later the introduction to author, Frank McCourt, whose early life became a memoir that is more than worth your time. Angela’s Ashes tells the story of a boy who watched the world crash around him as hearts broke and promises were left unkept. But that’s not why this novel was written. It was written because Frank McCourt believed he had words that people needed to hear. He had a message that someone has been waiting to receive.

“The master says it’s a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it’s a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would like us to live.” (Pg. 113) Throughout the book, the Catholic Church has been ever present, always guilting Frank, and requiring his time and energy. His father on the other hand has enforced his own ideals upon him, including his love for Ireland. Both the church and his father 's teachings have an important similarity. They both require the will to die. From his drunken father making him swear to die for Ireland as a little boy, to sitting through lectures, hearing about the glory it would be to die for the faith, Frank is constantly bombarded with the idea of death and what to die for. But he fought this throughout his entire life. And this is the message he needed people to hear. It’s not about what’s worth dying for that’s important. It’s…
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