Frank Alpin1

Frank Alpin1 - FrankAlpine':.FrancisofAssisi ,.Frankhas

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Frank Alpine's name has two important connotations: It suggests an affinity with St. Francis of Assisi  and also refers to mountain heights beyond the timberline, thereby suggesting aspiration. Frank has  no memories of his parents but he remembers the Catholic orphanage and the several families he  lived with. He is a man in need of a father; he needs someone to help him identify himself. Frank is  not a practicing Catholic but his vivid memories of learning about St. Francis suggest that his moral  compulsions and his sense of sin are related to his early Catholic training. Frank's desire to be like  St. Francis emphasizes one half of his divided character: He is a man who is both saint and sinner,  and these good and bad aspects of Frank's character have alter egos in the novel. Ward Minogue is  his devil, and Morris and Helen Bober are his good angels. Possibly Morris represents his good  heart and Helen his developing intellect. Frank is a self-educated drifter whose native intelligence goes undeveloped and whose perspectives 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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