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    them as ‘catty’. This scenario, can also be used as a parallel, that depicts what society does to women. Society sets women in opposition to each other, by elevating a male’s status, and forcing women to seek approval from men. In the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the main character Francie observes, a situation where, a woman is verbally and eventually physically assaulted, by other women, because she is not married (or really, she doesn’t care nor needs the

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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn focuses on a poor American family in the early 1900s. They faced many hardships including those related to obstetrics. Medical care was not reliable during this time period and caused a variety of problems. The poor had the worst birthing conditions and were at a high risk for complications concerning themselves and the child. Betty Smith provides an accurate representation of medical care relating to delivery, infant mortality, and pregnancy at the turn of the twentieth

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    In my personal library, I’d include The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, Divergent, by Veronica Roth, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. The protagonists in these books deliver a message of hope about the power of the individual, each in a different way. In The Alchemist, Santiago sets off to find treasure, but along his difficult journey acquires wisdom instead and develops a moral code: don’t let greed blur your vision, value the journey as well as the goal, and the treasure you seek is

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    The novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is written with warm and honest style, but with a sobering and dismal story about tenement life and growing up with nothing. In the beginning stages of the novel the world is beautiful and simple for children like Francie and Neely. A world where many of the poor children who live in the Brooklyn slums aren’t aware of their dismal predicaments and scrape by with blissful ignorance. What has impressed me the most is how warm and fleshed out the narrative

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    I. Intro paragraph a. Hook: In the Irish American community of Brooklyn in the 1900’s, immigrants faced discrimination and crushing poverty b. In the world that Betty Smith describes in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” however, this poverty is depicted as a kind of virtue, a force that causes individuals to grow, and families to bond c. Yet, while female characters like Katie and Francie grow from overcoming the hardships brought on by poverty, Francie’s father Johnny Nolan is defeated

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    Residency in Brooklyn Then: In Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn the main character Francie lives in a poor area of Brooklyn called Williamsburg. In the 1910’s Brooklyn was mostly a poverished city and consisted of mostly white European immigrants. Like Francie, many of those immigrants lived in poorly built apartments known as tenements. The tenements that had once been single-family homes were divided into multiple living spaces to accommodate the growing number of immigrants. Politics

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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Response Essay “She would suffer all the rest of her life every time that she remembered that she had not smiled back,” (234). This sentence, written by Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, is in reference to when protagonist, Francie Nolan, had not allowed herself to smile back at a seemingly bad girl named Joanna because she thought she was not meant to be friendly with people like her. What struck me the most about the instance Francie says she will suffer

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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith’s classic tale A Tree Grows in Brooklyn utilizes an assortment of intriguing, relatable characters to tell the emotional tale of a young girl, born into the depths of poverty, and to detail the traumatic life events that occur that shape her into her future self. Set in impoverished Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1912, this story centers around the Nolan family: hardworking, tough mother Katie, impractical and romantic father Johnny, momma’s boy Cornelius “Neeley”,

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    Tenacity: “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, is a novel that showcases the lives of a poor family living in Brooklyn and the people that are connected to them. The story revolves around a young girl Francie and about the different hardships her family and she goes through. The main theme of this book is tenacity and is shown by the many ways the Nolans find happiness. The word tenacity means determination, which is a quality the Nolans exhibit throughout the story

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    “Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.”~ A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Although A Tree Grows In Brooklyn was not the first novel that I have read, it is the first novel that has greatly influenced my life and the way that I view the world. This novel has taught me numerous lessons in such a relatable and coherent way that at some points, I felt like I was reading my own diary. For example, there is a quote in the book, which happens to be my favorite. It is, “Let me be

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