Frank McCourt is born in America, and then spends most of his early adulthood in Ireland trying to find a way to go back. As he remembers it, America—represented by Brooklyn, where he grew up—is an intimidating, poverty-stricken place. And yet America is also a land of opportunity, where it’s easier to find work than it is in Ireland, and where it’s possible to escape the suffocating judgment and social pressure that Frank experiences in Ireland. Ultimately, America symbolizes Frank McCourt’s ambitions, and his dreams of a better life for himself.
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...and try to recruit students to become missionaries. Although O’Halloran urges him to go to America, Frank becomes interested in a missionary program with the Bedouin tribes. Frank convinces a parish... (full context)