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by Frank McCourt

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What is the significance of the title in Angela's Ashes? Please, justify the title in Angela's Ashes.

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The title immediately makes us think of some kind of cremation and the death of Angela, the main character, who is actually one of the few characters who doesn't die or otherwise disappear in the book. As we read the novel and find out more about Angela, the mother of the narrator who has to fight so hard for survival, we can see that the ashes of the title refer to both the ashes that come from the tips of Angela's cigarettes, which are one of the few comforts she allows herself, and then also the way that her life is characterised by "ashes" as she struggles to make ends meet...

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