Frank McCourt in Angela’s AshesThis book is about a boy, Frank McCourt, growing up in a verydifficult lifestyle. He and his family were very poor and moved awayfrom America to Limerick to try and live an easier life. Frank’sfather is constantly out of a job and hasn’t got enough money tosupport his family.
Frank and his father have a very interesting relationship. Throughoutthe book, there are constant changes of how Frank feels for hisfather. At the very beginning of the book, Frank explains that he was”the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father,” and gives the reader theimpression that he was a very bad dad. As the story moves on, thereare several places where you can see that Frank loves his father,despite all the hard times he has put him and his family through.
The times when Frank completely loathes his father are the times whenhe got drunk and used all of the money on himself. Malachy didn’tbring home the wages like a good husband but he would leave his familywaiting at home for their supper whilst he went down to the pubs anddrank all the money. At time like these, Frank could see his motherwas angry and upset and he hated his father when he did that to her.Malachy came home drunk so many times, Frank and his brothers knewexactly what was going on when he didn’t come home at dinner time,they knew not to talk to him because he’d done the ‘bad thing’.
Frank constantly says that as he is the eldest son, he wanted to bringhome the money his father never did and a number of times he thinks tohimself that he wished he had a different dad. When Oliver dies, Frankgets very angry at his father for putti…
…ound him. He atelittle of his own food so that he could leave the rest of it for themand he would stay up at night time to help them sleep when they werestaying over at their Aunt Aggie’s or their grandma’s. When Malachywas drunk, he would get all the boys out of bed in the middle of thenight and make them line up like soldiers, making them swear to diefor Ireland. These parts were quite comical but Frank was angry whenhe made his little brother Michael get up as well when he was soyoung.
When Malachy moved to England, Frank was upset when he left but theybecame very distant after a couple of years. Frank probably knew hewouldn’t see him again but he didn’t care because he hadn’t sent hismother a penny.
Frank hated Malachy, but when he hadn’t been drinking he loved him andspending time with him.