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How Frank Survived

Poverty is something that many of us will never have to face. I never could have survived growing up the way Frank McCourt did with the constant dampness of things, an alcoholic father, religion shoved down my throat and family members dying left and right. It makes you wonder how he and his family did it. Was it that he was happy with what he had or was it more than that? Frank may not have had many materialistic items or a very good father but he did many things that helped him along the way. Stories of heroes and other fiction, father figures and dreams all kept him going and not giving up hope. Literature in any form was something that seemed to bring Frank comfort and enjoyment. Once he said that Shakespeare
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Although he had the negative side that Frank had to see it was still turned out to be positive for Frank because it allowed him to learn to be the type of person he wanted to be. +

Even though no one could take the place of a true father, Frank’s Uncle Pa Keating came close. Since Uncle Pa Keating never had children of his own, he treated Frank like a son. He showed Frank affection and gave him things that Frank’s father never did. Frank looked up to Uncle Pa Keating because he brings home the wages, holds a steady job and can sit at the South pub and not come home drunk. He is everything Frank wants in a father and everything his father is not.

Uncle Pa Keating shows Frank not only affection but also how the world works. He shows Frank that everything doesn’t always have to be as serious as everyone says. Uncle Pa Keating gives Frank outlooks for his future. He tells him things like that if Frank takes the post office exam his mind will be dead by the time he is thirty and he encourages him to go to America and make something of himself. Most of all Uncle Pa Keating, unlike Frank’s father, is the type of person he does want to be. “…He doesn’t give a fiddler’s fart what the world says and that’s the way I’d like to be myself.”

Mr. Hannon was another man that treated Frank like a son. Frank was able to learn responsibilities from him. He gave Frank confidence in himself by complimenting him and rewarding him for is
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