Angela’s Ashes Portrays Low Income Working Class Families While reading Angela’s Ashes in my junior year of high school I thought about how life must have been for other families with low incomes during the Great Depression. Although Angela’s Ashes takes place mainly in Ireland during the Potato Famine, I believe that what the McCourt family went through was very similar to the struggles that the working class experienced in the United States in the 1930’s. The book outlines the life of Frank McCourt being Catholic and Irish in Limerick, Ireland. Throughout Angela’s Ashes the daily struggles for food, shelter, medical care and Frank McCourt describes education while he looks back on life. One small paragraph in the book stands out as very moving. In this paragraph McCourt explains his view of his childhood. He says, “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood,
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