Three Important Scenes in Angela's Ashes

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Three Important Scenes
The three most important scenes in my opinion were life changing not only to Francis but to his family also. The first scene is the death of baby Margaret. Francis' parents get sad and the two cousins of Angela step in and send them away to Ireland to suffer even more. The next scene I chose is when Malachy Sr. went to England (the second time) and disappears from their lives. Francis really did become the man of the house after that. The third scene I thought was important was when Francis decided not to take the exam to become a permanent messenger boy. He thought that would stop him from doing what he wanted. Two of the scenes made Francis' life harder, while the other one probably changed his life in a good way
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He would not have been there in the first place because he was sent by Lamar Griffin after he Francis moved there due to lack of money to pay the rent.
The last scene I chose was when Francis tells the lady he won’t take the post office exam. Uncle Pa Keating said that he should go to America and that if he takes the exam, his mind will be dead by the time he turns thirty years old. Frank admires his uncle Pa Keating and wants to be like him and not his father. He says on page 116, he is they type of person he wants to be. Not caring about what the world says. The post office lady told him to leave because she thought Frank thought he was too good for them by not taking the exam. So what Francis did was that he just showed up thanks to the priest that got his job back until he save enough or until the time he got was up. This scene is important to the story because without this part, Frank probably would have stayed in Ireland and not gone to America. He might have not worked for the lady that people owed money to. And if he didn’t work for her, people would have delayed their payment and the book with the debts wouldn’t have gotten thrown away. If he had taken the exam and passed, Francis would’ve stayed in Limerick and work in the post office for most if not all his life. It was clear he thought America was better than Ireland because he saw movies about it and also read the news when he delivered the newspaper. This decision is