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Who are the main characters in Angela's Ashes?

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dycus-bridget | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 25, 2009 at 6:21 AM via web

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Who are the main characters in Angela's Ashes?

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Interesting to see this question at this particular time, since Frank McCourt died just about a week ago.  Angela of the title was McCourt's long-suffering mother, forced to raise her family in poverty in Ireland while her husband bounced around from place to place, largely unable to hold a job and drinking away his paycheck when he actually received one.  The main characters, then, are Angela, McCourt's father Malachy, twins Oliver and Eugene, a sister, Margaret, and two more brothers, Michael and Alphie.  McCourt was born in Brooklyn, as were Margaret and the twins.  The family moved back Ireland shortly after Margaret's death; the twins died about a year later, after which Michael and Alphie were born.

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