Angelas Ashes

Angela’s Ashes
Horace once said, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”   I agree that difficulties and hardships will bring out talents that otherwise would have remained hidden within the bounds of prosperity.   Prosperity will hold these talents captive due to the fact that one will no longer have to fight and fin ways to acquire the necessities of life.   They will never have to suffer and possibly learn to live on their own with a defective family.   Prosperity is usually benefits people but it comes with a risk of concealing your talents and they may never be shown.   Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt, is an excellent example of this situation and tells the story of a boy put through loads of adversity but he is able to preserver and trough this he acquires his talents.
Frankie goes through a rough childhood and is forced to do a lot of things on his own.   Throughout the book he learns his “talents” and finds out what he enjoys and what he doesn’t.   He goes through life looking for things that make him happy, but very little does.   Frankie does find one thing when he is in the hospital, Shakespeare.   He says, “I don’t know what it means and I don’t care because it’s Shakespeare and its like having jewels in my mouth when I say the words.” (McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes. New York: Scribner, 1996. 196.) Print.).   Frankie finds comfort in the words of Shakespeare and even recites them to help him fall asleep at night.   He may not know what they mean but he knows that he likes it.   Due to Frankie’s social class, he is deprived of normal day activities and opportunities of those that are better off.   He is smart and intelligent but he is never able to show it off and prove to people that he can be smart.   They judge him by simply looking at him and assume he has no education.   One day his father decided that he was going to fix their shoes with pieces of rubber from a tire but Frankie and his...