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Appunti di Letteratura inglese della prof.ssa Vallaro su Angela’s ashes’ plot: Franck McCourt, the narrator, Analysis of Major Characters, Malachy McCourt, Ireland, drinks excessively, Angela McCourt, poverty, the first and second floor, Italy.

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T , F M C , describes how his parents meet in Brooklyn, New York. After


his mother, Angela, becomes pregnant with Frank, she marries Malachy, the father of her

child. Angela struggles to feed her growing family of sons, while Malachy spends his wages on

alcohol. Frank’s much-loved baby sister, Margaret, dies and Angela falls into depression. The

McCourts decide to return to Ireland. More troubles plague the McCourts in Ireland: Angela

has a miscarriage, Frank’s two younger brothers die, and Malachy continues to drink away the

family’s money.

Frank’s childhood is described as a time of great deprivation, but of good humor and adventure

as well. When the first floor of the house floods during the winter, Angela and Malachy

announce that the family will leave the cold damp of the first floor, which they call “Ireland,”

and move to the warm, cozy second floor, which they call “Italy.” Although Malachy’s

alcoholism uses up all of the money for food, he earns Frank’s love and affection by

entertaining him with stories about Irish heroes and the people who live on their lane.

Over the course of a few years, Angela gives birth to two sons, Michael and Alphonsus.

Alphosus is called “Alphie” for short. As Frank grows older, the narration increasingly focuses

on his exploits at school. When Frank turns ten, he is confirmed (Confirmation is a ritual that

makes one an official Christian or Catholic. When Frank was growing up, people were

confirmed around ages seven to ten). Right after his confirmation, Frank 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 he 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 as well, 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 responsibility he gets from working, and he dreams of saving

enough to provide his family with food and clothes.

The McCourts get evicted from their lodgings and must move in with Angela’s cousin Laman.

Angela begins sleeping with Laman, an arrangement that makes Frank increasingly

uncomfortable and angry. He also begins to feel guilty about his own sexual feelings. The

priests’ strict mandates against masturbation make Frank feel guilty when he masturbates.

While working as a messenger boy, Frank begins a sexual relationship with a customer,

Theresa Carmody, who eventually dies of consumption, leaving Frank heartbroken. Frank

saves enough money to get to New York. On his first night there, he attends a party and sleeps




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