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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Is Steve/John the father of the baby Sissy pretends to have in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? Husband tells Sissy about...

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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In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, how does Francie change because of the death of Johnny; the working world; and meeting...

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

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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What is the meaning of the novel's title:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? How does the tree function as a symbol...

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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What does Francie’s father do for a living in 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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In A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, why does Francie's mother warn her to never get ground meat off the plate ?

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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How did Francie insult the pickle man in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"? NO

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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In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, what role does the tree play in Francie's growth and development over the course of the...

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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Please name a quote in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" where it becomes appearant that women hate each other. 

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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In what chapter does Francie realize that she can succeed in spite of her background in 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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In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, why is Francie warned to never buy ground meat off the plate?

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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How can I explain Francie's determination and optimism in an essay while using quotes and explanation? It's the part...

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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Imagine you are a director hired to make a modern film version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Who would you cast in the...

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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What was the importance of bread, both fresh and stale, to the family (Betty Smith's 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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Explain how Sissy values marriage in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I need the answer for homework....hurry please!

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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Can anyone give me a detailed character anaylsis of Francie Nolan of "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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Trying to find a theme or something from the present to tie into the first 14 pages of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn? I am...

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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Why is Katie so insistent that the death certificate state the cause of death as pneumonia?

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 Introduction? I am involved in the Speech team at my high school and I just picked up a new...

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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What decision does the main character have to make?

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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What is the central conflict in 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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I just finished reading and listening to the new Harper Perenial edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Id' like to...

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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