• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

With close reference to detail an autobiography you have studied, discuss how convincingly the book creates a sense of social environment in which subject grew up?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

With close reference to detail an autobiography you have studied, discuss how convincingly the book creates a sense of social environment in which subject grew up? Frank McCourt has used the main themes of his autobiography Angela's Ashes convincingly to create a sense of social environment he grew up in. Main themes include poverty, pauperized living conditions, poor sanitation and power of the Catholic Church. Alongside the main themes, McCourt uses symbols, memories, vivid descriptions, outside and narrative comments and events relating to the main themes. Poverty is the leading cause of pauperized living condition as well as poor sanitation, these lead to the social environment Frank spent his childhood growing up in. The living conditions in the slums of Limerick itself details Franks environment. The McCourt family leaves New York for a new start in Ireland and settle in Limerick during the depression. The Deprsssion symbolize hardship for many. Alcohol is a major concern that affects the McCourt's. Malachy's alcohol problem makes his family suffer. Any chance of the basic needs of survival is dependent on Malachy's wages. ...read more.

Middle

Ever single issue in the city no matter what people say. Here the boys are hysterically running around town ripping out the pages on birth control. McCaffrey shows such determination when the shopkeeper has said they have sold many issues he demands their names that they are in danger of losing their "immortal souls" This event convinces us the power of the Catholic Church is and the it impact on society. Birth control in "the holiest city" was banned. A one page article emphasizes the lengths Catholics go to protecting their religious beliefs. McCaffrey's biggest customer Mr. Hutchinson in cursing him for storming into his shop and creating havoc, and McCaffrey replies to him " See what happens when you're not a member of the True Church". Protestants and Catholics dispute over religion. People in Frank's Community are greatly religious. School masters makes sure you know everything about Christ. Malachy treats the portrait of the Pope as though it is sacred and valuable. The honor of the Catholic Church is overwhelming and creates a sense of how holy the society is. ...read more.

Conclusion

Frank is awakened at night by sounds of people emptying their chamber pots suggesting no privacy. People coming in and out. It convinces us how rundown the society is. They can only afford one toilet a lane for 12 families. I can imagine from the lavatory the house is shabby making the society just as bad. We sense poor hygiene creating a sense in our mind of how Frank grew up. McCourt himself said if he " were to pick a symbol for my life, and image, it would be that lavatory that all the people emptied their buckets into." Franks childhood was about surviving each day and feeding his family, his goal to reach America. He says, the lavatory symbolizes his life struggling to get through each day. Angela's Ashes includes many details used to create a sense of Frank's childhood social environment. Throughout the book many descriptions of memorable experiences and sights are used to detail the surrounding he grew up with. This whole book is about dealing with the slums and the dreadful conditions that we strongly sense in our heads. After reading Angela's Ashes you will be left with many visuals McCourt has got you to create and picture in your head that make out his "miserable Irish Catholic Childhood". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Jane Austen essays

  1. Memory of my childhood

    I could have told them that, but I would have just gotten the same unreasonable reaction, that because I was 10, I didn't have a clue about anything. The noise began to settle as we listened to our repetitive music and the toneless instructions of the navigator.

  2. With close reference to the text of chapter 1 to 3 of "Perfume", show ...

    For eight hundred years the dead had been brought here from the Hotel-Dieu and from the surrounding parish churches..." "Grenouille's mother was standing at a fish stall in the rue aux Fers, scaling whiting that she has just gutted. The fish.

  1. 'Describe the ways in which Wilkie Collins builds up a sense of mystery and ...

    This contrasts with the description of Bessie in 'The Black Cottage'. Rebecca is not totally perfect, however; "droop in the left eyelid". It can be seen that her imperfections reflect her inner character, which increases the mystery and suspense. The sentence structure in all the poems is similar.

  2. Argue that the theory of common sense structures provides an important and hitherto unappreciated ...

    phenomenology and Gestalt psychology to our understanding of the detailed structures of naive-physical reality. II. NAIVE PHYSICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Historical Antecedents The basic approach of the A.I. naive physicists is to take a sampling of deductive inferences from a given domain and to see how formal languages can be

  1. My Favorite Sense.

    The Taste. This sense is represented by the mouth but almost all by the tongue, this sense work, when we eat, the tongue has many little skin holes, that let us taste all things from the most salad ones to the most delicious and sweetest things, we can also know

  2. What Comparisons and/or Contrasts can be made between the two short stories, ''Horse Sense'' ...

    Deborah Moggach has portrayed Ranjit to be a perfectionist. Also all Ranjit does is ''clear his throat'' and the narrator knows straight away that he is showing his disapproval. The narrator and Ranjit do not have good verbal communication between each other, so when Ranjit gives signals like ''clearing his throat,'' the narrator understands his point of view.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work