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.
America Quotes in Angela’s Ashes
Frieda tells the priest I had a bit of a dizziness after going to the bathroom, that's what happens when you travel and you're drinking a strange beer like Rheingold, which she believes they don't have in Ireland. I can see the priest doesn't believe her and I can't stop the way the heat is coming and going in my face. He already wrote down my mother's name and address and now I'm afraid he'll write and say your fine son spent his first night in America in a bedroom in Poughkeepsie romping with a woman whose husband was away shooting deer for a bit of relaxation after doing his bit for America in the war and isn't this a fine way to treat the men who fought for their country.