How is Francie Nolan, the protagonist, a dynamic (changing) character, like how does she generally change in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Francie Nolan, the protagonist of Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, is a dynamic character because she grows increasingly confident over the course of the story.  Early in the novel, Francie does much to win the affection of her parents because she feels that she is not the favored child.  As she gets older and recognizes the talent that she has for writing, Francie becomes more confident and decides that she wants an opportunity to go to a better school.  When the family is struck by hard times, Francie does not lose the hope of getting a better education, yet in the meantime she supports her family in every way that she can.  The reader witnesses Francie constantly dealing with the ups and downs that befall her family; Francie, although sad at times, never loses her confidence and hopes for better days.

jellowwwww | Student

Since this book jumps back and forth from generation to generation, we can see how Francie grows up and matures if the book was placed in chronological order. She learned many things which allowed her to have her own beliefs, thus she becomes dynamic to her surroundings.

Examples are when she started off as a shy, lonley girl, weak, and innocent. At the end, she becomes independent, outgoing, brave and strong. She becomes a stronger woman through what she learned in her past.

The tree symbolizes Francie. If you haven't noticed, the tree is exactly like Francie. The tree liked poor people = Francie does not mind being poor. The tree grew in wherever possible = Francie perseveres and keeps strong like the tree.

aurora101 | Student

She becomes more confident, strong and wise as she grows.  The many experiences she goes through teach her to stand up for herself.

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