How does social class play out in the book "Angela's Ashes"?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Although McCourt does not editorialize (meaning he does not exaggerate or add emotion), there is a clear message about poverty and social class in this story.  His father's alcoholism, the deaths of his siblings - it is all clearly a part of the poverty the family is living in.  Poverty strips the family of health, and also of dignity.  Having to beg from a priest is a low point for Angela.  The boys go to work young, and still have to sneak, beg, and steal to avoid hunger.  Frank wants to go further in school, but can't get ahead - he is just too poor to be recognized.  McCourt may not make a point of demonstrating the inequality that exists between the social classes, but his memoir is a clear message.... something should be done.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team