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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This is an interesting question, as, I too, wondered it when I first read the book. When it first comes up in chapter 34 we know the father was a "married man" and when the baby is born she looks...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011 4:58 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

As far as the working world is concerned, Francie learns about seniority, fairness, and the importance of reputation. Francie becomes disillusioned with the world of work after she has to cross...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010 5:12 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The tree is described in the novel as a continual symbol of growth: There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn, Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009 11:29 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

As Francie Nolan grows up she becomes more objectively aware of the deprivation and the generally unfair conditions of working-class life. From the start she sees the defeated, fatalistic attitude...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2018 1:18 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Francie's father is a singing waiter. Francie's father, Johnny Nolan, never is able to secure steady work; he only works "at one-night places here and there". He would undoubtedly be able to...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2009 5:54 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

After their father has lost his job as a janitor at a school because of his drinking, he obtains a job as a singing waiter; however, his wages are not sufficient to support his family....

Latest answer posted November 23, 2014 4:47 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Bread was a staple for the Nolan family in Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The family made the most of the the bread in the household. Not only did the family treasure fresh bread, Katie...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2013 11:34 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In Chapter 6, Francie's mother Katie tells Francie to never buy ground meat off the plate at the butcher's shop for two reasons. First, the butcher leaves scraps of meat on the plate, so it gets...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 12:01 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

On pickle days, Francie goes to the Hebrew man in the neighborhood store to buy a Jewish pickle.When she goes to the store, the old Jewish man gets insulted when she asks for a "penny sheeny...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008 8:01 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The tree featured in Betty Smith's inspiring novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn does not exactly play a role in Francie's growth and development over the course of the text, although this is what the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2015 10:31 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sissy doesn't value marriage very much. It is a societal requirement, something that comes as a consequence of her free-spirited, highly-sexed nature, and it is also something which she can...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2009 6:11 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

When you are writing a response,you need to prove your point.The quotes you chose are good.Now,whenever you use quotes in an essay,you need to introduce them.Do not just place quotes and think they...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2008 8:41 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The central image of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the "Tree of Heaven," which will grow anywhere its seeds fall but is only found in Brooklyn's poor neighborhoods. Francie is compared to the Tree of...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 3:54 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A quote in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which speaks to how women hate each other, is "“I hate all those flirty-birty games that women make up. " While not a direct statement of hate towards women,...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 2:26 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In the first 14 pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the tree is introduced as a symbolic element in the story. The tree sprouts switches and pointed leaves, and whenever it drops seeds, other trees...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 7:33 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith portrays Francie as a mixture of both her mother and her father. Like her father, she has an appreciation for beauty. Like her mother, she speaks up for...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 7:50 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A central issue in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is Johnny Nolan's alcoholism. At the time the novel takes place, over a hundred years ago, substance abuse was considered shameful and was not generally...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 7:27 am UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Certainly the most important character in this story is Francie, so casting a talented child actress would be key. Francie is sensitive and intelligent, likable but also socially awkward at times....

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 12:16 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The main conflict in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the main character’s struggle with her own poverty. The Nolan family’s poverty is the root of all other conflicts in the novel: for example, the...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 11:37 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

On the opening page of the novel, the narrator introduces the reader to the tree that grows in Francie's yard. The tree is symbolic of the hard, yet hopeful life that Francie lives. So you could...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 1:35 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Throughout the course of the novel, Francie Nolan, the protagonist, has to make several important decisions. Two of them relate to her commitment to her family and to her education. Francie was a...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019 11:41 pm UTC

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A great deal has changed in the last one hundred years. The nuclear family has disintegrated with the advent of two working parents and/or divorce. Young people spend a great deal more time...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2011 8:49 am UTC

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