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Angela's Ashes And The Glass Castle: A Literary Analysis

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Throughout Angela’s Ashes; ‘Tis, (serial memoirs by Frank McCourt); and The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, both Jeannette’s and Frank’s respective families stay with them, even when they move from the family home to New York City. It was their parents that set them on the path that took them from poverty to the American middle class, and the (majority) of their siblings that stayed with them.
The fruit never falls from the tree… supposedly. It’s been up for debate- do humans take after their parents heavily, and if they do, why?
Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, and The Glass Castle all centered around their families, siblings and parents alike, but especially their fathers. Both are men that squander the livelihoods and dole on alcohol, leaving their …show more content…
Additionally, ‘Tis stands apart in the fact that it explores the fruits of the younger Frank McCourt’s choices, efforts, and dreams recorded in Angela’s Ashes. McCourt may have been born in New York City, but most of Angela’s Ashes is set in Limerick for the next 15-20 years of his life. He sums up life in Limerick for the average poor Irish-Catholic; “Limerick gained a reputation for piety, but we only knew it was the rain.” (12, Angela’s Ashes.) As a result of living in Limerick, he thought about the church often, even when he turned his back on confession. “I can do anything I like in this bed, anything… No one will ever know unless I go to confession and I’m too doomed for that.” (51, ‘Tis.) Jeannette is on the other end of the religious spector. Raised in the American Southwest Sunbelt on stolen produce, night skies, and the desert sands by two atheists of the tumultuous youth of the 1960s, it goes without saying, (literally), that she never felt a strong influence from any kind of religious organization. The only time their parents stuck to a faith was when it suited their argument, “Mom turned quiet. She seemed to be thinking. Then she looked up. She was smiling serenely. ‘I can’t leave your father,’ she said. ‘It’s against the Catholic faith.’” (188, The Glass Castle.) As for Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis, it can be compared to a simple cause-and-effect chain of

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