Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the connection between alcoholism and poverty in Frank McCourt’s memoirs?

How do Hollywood films condition McCourt’s perception of the United States?

Is the dysfunctional nature of the McCourt family a product of the poverty engendered by the Great Depression or the result of other causes, such as the nature of Irish society in the early twentieth century?

What is the relationship between the Catholic Church and Irish patriotism in McCourt’s memoirs?

Do the members of the McCourt family love one another? If so, how do they show it? If not, how can the reader see that?