A Tree Grown in Brooklyn.docx - Marcin Cieslar Mrs Braisted E2HPI-4 I Betty Smith\u2019s novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a Historical Fiction work II The

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Marcin Cieslar E2HPI-4 Mrs. Braisted 1/26/19 I. Betty Smith’s novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a Historical Fiction work. II. The novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn takes place in the early 1900s, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. This book portrays the life of the protagonist, Francie, her brother Neeley, and her parents, Katie and Johnny, struggling in poverty during the Age of Industrialization. The book begins with Francie and Neeley rag picking every Saturday while Katie goes to work as a janitress to bring in additional income. Francie who is eleven years old, and Neeley, who is ten years old, go to Carney, the owner of the local junk business, with their “rags, paper, metal, rubber, and other junk” that they both collected. (Smith 6). They exchanged this junk for a few pennies. During the week of Christmas, Aunt Sissy bought two tickets for Francie and Neeley from a “Protestant organization that was giving a celebration for the poor of all faiths.” (Smith 211). At the celebration, church ladies gave gifts to all the poor boys and girls. There was also a very rich girl who promised to give a very expensive and beautiful doll to a poor girl who was also named Mary. Francie stared in awe at the doll because it was a luxury she could never afford and lied that her name was Mary so she could receive it. III. The dynamic character Aunt Sissy went through a major change throughout the novel. Aunt Sissy was a beautiful young woman, who attracted men from everywhere. Although many viewed her negatively, she was always willing to help those in need. In the beginning of the novel, Sissy was jumping from one man to another. “Sissy and her second John had been married four years, she had given birth to four more children, all born dead, and she had decided that this
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second John wasn’t her man either.” (Smith 65). At the time of the early twentieth century, it was illegal to be married to more than one man. At the end of the novel, Sissy “got her baby and a
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