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What is your opinion of Malachy and how does Frank McCourt present his father

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What is your opinion of Malachy and how does Frank McCourt present his father? Malachy is an irresponsible father to his children, who doesn't support them in the way that he should. Despite Malachy's lack of parenting skills, he loves his children very much and they are important to him. Malachy would like to be a good father to his children but parts of his faulted personality prevent him from doing this, mainly his pride and his addiction to alcohol. Malachy's alcohol addiction is mainly down to the heavy drinking culture that was present in Ireland amongst the males at this time. Malachy's alcoholism is referred to in chapter one as the "Curse of the Irish," so it one of the first things you are introduced to as a big part of Frank's live. We are told by Frank of only one time in his life when Malachy is sober from alcohol which occurs in the few weeks following Margaret's birth. The whole McCourt family seems to be happy at this point which seems to be a severe contrast to what depression the family suffer after Margaret's death, by which Malachy is especially affected by. In Chapters 7 and 8, Malachy's addiction to alcohol seems to get worse and has severe repercussions on the family, leaving Frank feeling let down and disappointed by his father. ...read more.


I assign the penance.' This is because even the priest feels sorry for Frank, and sympathises with him. It is also probably due to the fact that the priest feels a strong emotion of guilt, as at that time the priest were very well off compared to most of the population of Limerick. Frank eventually finds his father, drunk in the streets. Frank feels mixed emotions towards him at this point. On one hand he looks up to his father, who tells him stories of 'Cuchulain' and 'de Valera' and Roosevelt', but on the other he sees him as someone who always lets him down. Malachy is a good father to his children, in a way he generally cares and loves them, but it is due to his alcoholism that prevents him from showing this, and coping with his responsibilities as a parent. Although Frank loves his father, when he finds him, he feels great anger and hatred towards him, 'all I can think of doing is running in and giving him a good kick on the leg and running out again.' Frank shows great maturity at this point, as he decides its best to leave him there and 'go home and tell my mother a lie that I never saw him couldn't find him'. ...read more.


Just as you are feeling anger towards Malachy he seems to redeem himself, and show a side of him that is very likeable. On Christmas day Malachy eats almost nothing so that his sons might fill their bellies, and he clearly adores his family despite his bad behaviour. Despite all of this, Malachy and Frank seem to have a special bond, Frank was the first born, and Malachy used to always tell him stories. There is a defining moment in chapter 9, which seems to bring them closer together, and makes them both realise the love they share for one another. This occurs when Frank is in hospital, ad Malachy visits him, 'he looks at me, steps away, stops, comes back, kisses me on the forehead for the first time in my life and I'm so happy I feel like floating out of the bed.' Franks sheer elation at this point shows just how much that moment meant to him, and how this affection from his father was not normally shown. This may have been because, Frank came close to dying which made Malachy realise just how important his son was to him. It shows that Malachy would be a good father to the boys, if he wasn't affected by a disease of being an alcoholic, and also If he let go of some of is pride, that stopped him from getting the best for his family. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aimee Pyatt. ...read more.

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