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Angela's Ashes Comparative Commentary.

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7/4/03 Paper 2.5 Danielle Angel 10-L Angela's Ashes Comparative Commentary Although these two passages taken from the memoirs; Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Sallinger, are similar to each other in some aspects, such as mood, perceptions and attitudes towards death etc., their society, culture, and their ages make the contrast between their styles. In the passage from Catcher in the Rye, we see the 17-years-old Holden going to his brother Allie's grave. From his comments about his brother's death, we start to interpret his immature and irreverent character. "I know it's only his body and all that's in the cemetery, and his soul's in Heaven and all that crap..." On the other hand, just like Frank McCourt's, Holden's anger, sadness and resentment is seen by his mood and tone. ...read more.


Holden says "the visitors could get in their cars and turn on their radios and all and then go someplace nice for dinner...", whereas Frankie says "we rode to the hospital in a carriage with a horse" and "My mother and Aunt Aggie cried, Grandma looked angry, Dad, Uncle Pa Keating, and Uncle Pat Sheehan looked sad but did not cry and I thought that if you're a mean you can cry only when you have the black stuff that is called the pint." The "carriage with a horse" and the people "running like hell over to their cars" "and turn on their radios" show us that the scene from Angela's Ashes took place many years before Catcher in the Rye. Moreover, with Frankie's childish comment about his family, the men in his family appear as drinkers; this suggests about the Irish culture which all men are drinkers. ...read more.


"I wish he wasn't there. You didn't know him. If you'd known him, you'd know what I mean." "Oliver was dead and I hated jackdaws." Both Frankie and Holden are alone with their thoughts and feelings; they cannot share them with anyone. Holden is too immature and powerless to face his brother's death and Frankie's parents wouldn't answer his question marks about death. The two narrative characters cannot talk about or express their sorrow, they have to keep it inside and divert it into anger and hate of other things or people around them. "I'd be a man someday and I'd come with a bag of rocks and I'd leave the graveyard littered with dead jackdaws." "All the visitors in the cemetery started running like hell over to their cars. That's what nearly drove me crazy." Hence the two characters need to heal theirselves by something else; writing. ...read more.

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