ATGIB first draft - Izzy Graham Ms Blosser English 8-2 20 Apr 2018 The Power of a Person Winston Churchill once said \u201cOne mark of a great man is the

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Izzy Graham Ms. Blosser English 8-2 20 Apr. 2018 The Power of a Person Winston Churchill once said, “One mark of a great man is the power of making lasting impressions upon the people he meets.” Every day we surround ourselves with people who influence us both positively and negatively in ample and minuscule ways. We need the influence of others to help us grow and develop. For example, my parents work hard to support me and give me as many opportunities as they can. Betty Smith’s classic American novel about a young girl coming of age at the turn of the 20th century, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. The story is about young Francie Nolan and her years in the ghetto of Williamsburg — years in which exhaustion, heartache, and tragedy mark the Nolan family for good and ill. As in real life, fictional characters surround themselves with people who influence them and help them interpret new experiences. Examples from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn include Lee Rhynor, who teaches Francie about love when they dance the night before he leaves for the war, and, later, about heartbreak when she receives a letter from his wife; Ben Blake, who teaches Francie what hard work and determination look like, as well as love, in the promise ring he gives her; and, finally, Ms. Gardner, who tells Francie that the topics she has been writing about are lies and bad, which helps Francie form her own opinions about her writing, as well as about Ms. Gardner. Many people positively influence Francie over the course of the novel, but the three most important in helping her grow and mature are Johnny, Katie, and Sissy. In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn , there are many characters who help Francie mature, but it is Johnny Nolan who makes Francie feel comforted and tries his best to give her everything he possibly can. At the end of chapter seventeen, when Mama pays little attention to Francie’s
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infected arm, Johnny comes to Francie’s rescue and helps ease his daughter’s discomfort. The
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