What could the thesis be for my literary essay on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt? I have already determined what potential topics of discussion are. I am having trouble coming up with a thesis...

What could the thesis be for my literary essay on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt? I have already determined what potential topics of discussion are.

I am having trouble coming up with a thesis for my literary essay on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. I already know what aspects of McCourt's style of writing i would like to touch on. These are things such as:

- No quotations, which makes it difficult to identify the speaker

- The innocent tone used throughout the memoir

- Slang (i.e. words are spelled as though they were being pronounced with an Irish accent)

- Various songs and poems placed throughout the memoir. This takes away from the ongoing negative mood.

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From the points you mention, it seems as though you are veering towards an argument about how the tone of the memoir undercuts and lightens the dark subject matter. Frank McCourt describes an Irish childhood of utter destitution: his family is poor beyond poor, not even having enough to eat. Yet this memoir reads as a humorous tale, not a tear-jerking story of woe. How can that be? You point to the way: McCourt makes the horrible humorous and light-hearted. For instance, McCourt uses slang, an innocent tone, songs and poems to brighten the atmosphere . You are arguing...

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