What is an example of a shift in 'Tis, by Frank McCourt?

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Frank McCourt's second autobiographical book, 'Tis, is full of many shifts and turns as it follows his arrival as a nineteen-year-old boy in America to his successful teaching career. What happens in between is mostly negative, or at least it is written in a pessimistic tone--and for good reason.

McCourt has the highest hopes for his future when he returns to America after living a dismal, malnourished, abused life in Ireland. The reality is nothing like what he expects, and he soon grows bitter as he sees others living the life he had hoped to have for himself. He wants so much and he is certainly willing to work,...

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