Angela’s Ashes refers to the ashes which fall from Angela’s, Frank McCourts mother, cigarette and the ashes in the fire place at which Angela states blankly. The setting seems to be blanketed in a thin film of ash. McCourt makes extensive use of the following words “dark, decrepit, weak, lifeless, and sunless.” The ashes represent Angela’s crumbling hope to raise a happy family with a supportive husband. Angela can only watch idly as her life crumbles in front of her.