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Frank McCourt

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angelas-ashes-frank-mccourtFrank, Chapter 1t was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Sources:, New York Times, The Washington PostCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Education & LiteratureIntelligence and perseverance help Frank escape from poverty.Guilt & ForgivenessFrank develops compassion for human frailty.Poverty & ClassA rigid class system puts up barriers to breaking out of poverty.ThemesMalachy McCourt Sr.Franks irresponsible yet intelligent and kindhearted alcoholic father; unable to support his family despite his love for themAngela McCourtFranks strong, resourceful, loving mother; endures great hardships and self-sacrifice to raise her children in povertyFrank McCourtNarrator telling his story; intelligent, sensitive boy growing up in poverty and intent on rising above his humble beginningsMain CharactersMcCourt rose to international fame with his Pulitzer Prizewinning memoir Angelas Ashes at age 66. After retiring from teaching English for 30 years, McCourt turned his miserable childhood in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, into a humor-filled and compelling drama about survival in the face of poverty.FRANK MCCOURT1930–2009AuthorWith determination and skill, Frank saves enough money to leave Limerick.To AmericaFrank must work and steal to keep the family alive.PerseveranceThe McCourts sink ever deeper into poverty as Malachy spends his wages on drink.A Downward SpiralYoung Frank McCourt struggles with poverty, his fathers alcoholism, Catholic dogma, and a repressive class system. With perseverance, his mothers unfailing support, a love for education, and above all, compassion for human frailty, he realizes his dream of emigrating to America.A MiserableChildhood, aCompelling TaleOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1996Year PublishedFrank McCourtAuthorAngelas AshesMemoirNonfiction

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