A Tree Grows in Brooklyn | Study Guide

Betty Smith

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a-tree-grows-in-brooklyn-betty-smithNarrator, Chapter 1o matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky.Sources: New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.EducationEducation is the ticket from poverty to the American dream.Class, Poverty & the American DreamAlthough poverty is grueling, it is not always insurmountable.Loss of InnocenceGrowing up brings emotional challenges for Francie.ThemesResolute and hardworking first-generation American; holds her family togetherKatie NolanFrancies younger brother; inherits his fathers good looks and singing talentNeeley NolanWell-intentioned father and dreamer; spends most of his time drinkingJohnny NolanObservant, bookish, determined daughter of Johnny and Katie; strong but yearns for loveFrancie NolanMain CharactersLike Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith was born in poverty in Brooklyn and was determined to improve her life. Smiths style reflects the people about whom she wrote but also for whom she wrote. Using the idioms and cadences of the day, Smith wrote in a style accessible to anyone who could read.BETTY SMITH18961972AuthorFrancie says goodbye to her old life in Brooklyn when she departs for college.Francie Leaves for CollegeJohnnys alcoholism causes his death, and the devastated family pulls together.Johnny DiesWhen Francie learns how to read, her world expands, and her ambition grows.Francie Learns to ReadSet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows Francie Nolan and her loving family as they face the challenges of poverty and alcoholism. Francie grows up poor, but she is rich in personality, curiosity, and a determination to improve her life.From Poverty toInner WealthOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1943Year PublishedBetty SmithAuthorA Tree Growsin BrooklynHistorical FictionNovel

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