Angela's Ashes Essay

1345 words - 5 pages

''Angela's ashes'' are an Irish-American drama movie from 1999.1 The movie tells
the story of Frank McCourt and his childhood after his family is being forced to move
from America back to Ireland because of economical and family related problems.
The movie tells us about Frank McCourt's life in Limerick in Ireland during his
childhood in the 1930s.
In the 20th century Ireland had a lot of economical problems. There was a lot of
poverty, starvation, diseases and unemployment. Through the movie we see Frank
McCourt grow up in this environment.
The movie ''Angela's Ashes'' begins in America where a baby is born, we also see
that this baby dies as an infant. This death of the baby makes the McCourt family
move back to Ireland. The movie is telling the story about the McCourt family,
taking place around babies dying and people starving, this family goes through a lot
of pain and a lot of deaths. When the family arrives to Ireland the family gets twins -
and they also die.
The family has a mother; Angela, the Father; Malachy McCourt and two sons; the
oldest of the boys is Frank McCourt. This story is told by Frank McCourt which
means that he is the narrator, but we also see this movie through Frank McCourt's
point of view. The movie also has a voiceover, which is meant to be Frank McCourt
telling us about his life. But this voiceover makes the movie more interesting and
gives us feeling Frank McCourt telling a fairytale or as if he is a storyteller, this paper
will return to this later. We meet Frank McCourt when he is a little boy. Frank
McCourt is a good and clever student. Through the movie, we find out that Frank
McCourt has a dream and the dream is to travel back to America where he believes he
will find happiness. But to make this dream come true, he need money, though he is
poor and does not have any money. He gets a job. The job involves writing
threatening letters for Mrs. Finuncane. Mrs. Finuncane is one of the evil characters in
Angela's Ashes. She loans people money, but wants the people to pay back the money
with interest. 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela's_Ashes_(film)

The movie has a scene where Frank enters the house of Mrs. Finuncane and discovers
that she is dead. He steals all her money and takes Mrs. Finuncane's book of loans
and throws it in the river. This scene is where Frank is following his dreams about
moving to America, now he has the money to travel to America. Beyond that he also
takes a heroic action; because he throws Mrs. Finuncane's book of loans in the river,
which in other words means to make the loans invisible. This action is taken because,
Frank knows that the people whom lent money from Mrs. Finuncane are poor and
cannot repay their loans.
Frank McCourt is a heroic character. This is seen in the movie, where he as a little
boy worked in a coal mine and gave all the money he earned to his mother. This job
made him sick and almost made him blind, however he still wanted to work because
of the situation his...

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