Essay on Analysis of Angela's Ashes Narrated by Frank McCourt

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Analysis of Angela's Ashes Narrated by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir is Frank McCourt's acclaimed memoir. It charts the author's childhood from his infant years in Brooklyn, through his impoverished adolescence in Limerick, Ireland, to his return to America at the age of nineteen. First published in 1996, McCourt's memoir won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in the category of best Biography/Autobiography, and has gone on to become a worldwide bestseller.

McCourt, who for many years taught writing in a New York public high school, waited for over forty years to write about his troubled youth. Arguably, waiting for years before writing his autobiography allowed Frank McCourt to talk about his childhood in the most objective way
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Over the course of a few years, Angela gives birth to two sons, Michael and Alphonsus, or "Alphie" for short.
As Frank grows older, the narration increasingly focuses on his exploits at school. When Frank turns ten, he is Confirmed. Right after his Confirmation, he falls ill with typhoid fever and must stay in the hospital for months. There, he gets his first introduction to Shakespeare. Frank finds comfort in stories of all kinds, from Shakespeare to movies to newspapers. By the time Frank returns to school, his gift for language is obvious. In particular, Frank's flair for storytelling gets him noticed by his teacher.
With the onset of World War II, many fathers in Limerick go to England to find work and send money back to their families. Eventually, Malachy goes, but he fails to send money home. Frank begins to work for Mr. Hannon. This is the first in a series of jobs; Frank will go on to work for Mr. Timoney, Uncle Ab, the post office, Mrs. Finucane, and Mr. McCaffrey. Frank enjoys the feeling of adulthood he gets from working, and dreams of saving enough to provide his family with food and clothes.
The McCourts are evicted from their lodgings, and must move in with Angela's cousin, Laman. Angela begins sleeping with Laman, an arrangement which makes Frank

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