Hunger versus Morals
An estimated 1.02 billion people in the world go hungry. Ireland during the mid 1900s had tremendous amounts of poverty across the country. This poverty level increases hunger as well. When put into the hands of life and death one may be torn between what they believe is right and what is necessary to survive. In Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Frank displays how poverty and hunger caused him to go against his morals to avoid starvation. Mr. and Mrs. McCourt struggled to feed their family throughout Angela’s Ashes. The McCourts are hungry through most of the entire book. Frank, being a child through a majority of the memoir chooses to steal food many times to avoid the constant craving for it. Although Frank knows stealing is morally wrong he continues to do it. Frank and his friend Paddy cut class to eat apples and drink milk from a farm after not being fed lunch. As Paddy may have not known, Frank did know that stealing the apples and milk was wrong. Even though he did wonder “why anyone should be hungry in a world full of milk and apples”, he also states “I don’t want to rob orchards and milk cows forever” (161). In the next chapter frank again steals food, but this time it is fish and chips from a drunken man at a pub. Even though frank’s hunger has been relieved he suffers the feeling of guilt and goes to confession. On the contrary when Frank steals milk and bread from the rich neighborhoods he has less feeling of guilt. At this time Frank is stealing the food to keep him and his family from hunger. As he grows older he has less feeling of guilt for stealing food. He begins to understand to starve himself would be more of a sin than to steal from those who will never starve. Also, he is no longer selfishly eating the food, but offering it to his family and friends. The stealing of the food does not only show frank’s life of hunger and poverty but also maturity. Not only did Frank steal food, the...
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