Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes
This book is about a boy, Frank McCourt, growing up in a very
difficult lifestyle. He and his family were very poor and moved away
from America to Limerick to try and live an easier life. Frank's
father is constantly out of a job and hasn't got enough money to
support his family.
Frank and his father have a very interesting relationship. Throughout
the book, there are constant changes of how Frank feels for his
father. At the very beginning of the book, Frank explains that he was
"the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father," and gives the reader the
impression that he was a very bad dad. As the story moves on, there
are 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 when
he got drunk and used all of the money on himself. Malachy didn't
bring home the wages like a good husband but he would leave his family
waiting at home for their supper whilst he went down to the pubs and
drank all the money. At time like these, Frank could see his mother
was 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 knew
exactly 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 bring
home the money his father never did and a number of times he thinks to
himself that he wished he had a different dad. When Oliver dies, Frank
gets very angry at his father for putting his pint on Oliver's white
coffin. Frank loved his brother very much and couldn't stand Malachy
being so disrespectful.
Although Frank hated his father for many things, he still loved him
for he was his dad. Malachy would get up in the morning with Frank and
tell him stories about Cuchulain, and then they would have their tea
and a cut of bread together. Frank loved his mornings with his father
as it was just...