Lin 1Holly LinZwick Period 4AP Literature 20 September 2015 Francie – The Tree of HeavenAuthor and EraBetty Smith’s first piece of literature written in the 1940s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, sets place in the early 1900s. An age inspired by the American Dream, filled with modest workers, and the poor understandings of a new life in America. Smith wrote this book based on her experience, same age as Francie but five years later (Valerie Raleigh Yow). Smith says the every person she knew growing up was an inspiration to the characters in her book. Despite the fact that this book caused a lot of emotional distress to Smith, it sold a great amount in the first year (Valerie Raleigh Yow). Early in the 1900s waves of immigrants filled up America, allowing America to receive the nickname as the ‘Melting Pot’, thus showing many different ethnic groups and how they play a part in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Form/Structure/Basic PlotA Tree Grows in Brooklyn,is a phenomenal book that focuses on portraying the life of lower working class. Mary Frances Nolan is a young girl who is poor and has very little materialistic items, yet her imagination distracts her from her surroundings. Thus causing her to grow up as a girl that is keen and quiet, learning by observing her surroundings. Francie is a wondrous little girl who devours her time in literature and finds contempt in numbers, with that told she is a girl who is determined to grow by watching and learns by others’ mistakes. Betty Smith, writes a total of five books, each book giving an in depth look into Francie’s life. The first book gives a view on France’s weekend are like. As she sits down on the fire escape, a warm breeze comforts her as she watches the view below her. Suddenly as if someone pulled a switch, Francie watches as the world below her wakes up from a deep sleep, young ladies getting ready for their dates, kids running back and forth from house to the store, women coming in with loads of groceries,
Lin 2and of course, weekends were when man’s suit come home. But her favorite part is when her father, Johnny Nolan comes home, singing and dancing, grinning at what a weekend he had, cleaning and singing as a waiter. Francie’s family consists of her mom, Katie, her dad, Johnny Nolan, and her dear brother, Cornelius but better known as Neely. Book One is a synopsis of Francie’s family, her dad who is not a very good dad, but a well-known drunk, her mother who isa hardworking, determined, strong-willed woman, who does not deserve the hard life she has, and her dear brother, Neely, who is beloved more by their mom. Smith then takes her readers to aflashback, twelve year later to be specific, a flashback of Johnny Nolan and Katie Rommely. In book two, Smith allows her readers to see how her character Francie is made up, with her father’s unwanted talents and half her mother’s invisible steel, Francie holds a little bit of everyone’s good and bad in her. In this book, it demonstrates the hard life that lies ahead of the Nolan. Not even at the voting age and Katie and Johnny Nolan have two children of their own.
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