Angela's Ashes Essay

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Intertexual Essay By Anna Swartz Children expect many things from life, but as Margaret Michel once wrote "Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect". This statement is found to be true in "Angela's Ashes", by Frank McCourt and "Ten Thousand Sorrows", by Elizabeth Kim. In both novels the children's basic expectations for their parents like to be loved and cared for were not met. In the comparison of the two novels it was found that there were both similarities, such as both authors choice to write in first person, and differences, for instance their choice on how to structure their stories.A parents love something that is forever sought after by a child. Frank McCourt in "Angela's Ashes", strives for his fathers love for many years. He does everything that he can in a last effort to become more important than a pint in his father's life. This is very similar to the efforts of Elizabeth Kim in "Ten Thousand Sorrows". After being taken to America a realising that her adopted mother did not love her, Kim did anything she could to gain any kind of warmth. Within the first few weeks of first being introduced to her new family and new culture, Kim learnt fairly fluent English and tried everything that was put before her, all to gain the love of her mother. This is true to what Margaret Michel said "Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect". Both children in both novels, expected their parents love and did anything they could to win it. Both were sorely disappointed.A child will seek their parents love, but only for so long. In "Angela's Ashes", Frank McCourt strives for his fathers love for many years, but after realising that he will never become more important than a drink, he moves on. After this realisation he decides that he must live for himself. From that point on he saves every penny he has so he can move to America. Again this is very similar to Elizabeth Kim's life. After growing up with parents who never said they loved her, she married into an abusive marriage with a man who didn't love her. After leaving him and still finding no support from her mother or father, she moved away to start a life where she was in control. Her life with her parents offered her no love so she decided to start again. Again this relates to the quote "Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect". After realising that life was not going to give them what they expected, they moved on Both novels start the story with a small acknowledgment. What is different about these to most acknowledgments is that they are in the form of a small story in "Angela's Ashes", and a poem in "Ten Thousand Sorrows". This may have been done because it makes the acknowledgment more personal than just saying ""¦this is dedicated to blah blah"¦". In "Ten...

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