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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Symbols

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Hailey Davis

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Symbols

Questions
1. What does the tree symbolize?
2. Who is the protagonist?
3. What is one fact you learned?
4. Based on this presentation would you read this book?
5. What is the setting?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Symbols
Quote
"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 which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly ... survives without sun, water, and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it.” (Smith 6)
What is a symbol?

A symbol is a way of writing
that represents something important to the story.
Quote
"A new tree had grown from the stump, and its trunk had grown along the ground until it reached a place where there were no wash lines above it. Then it had started to grow towards the sky again."
(Smith 404).
Answers
1. The tree symbolizes poor people, especially Francie.
2. Francie Nolan is the protagonist.
5. Brooklyn, NY around 1912.

Background

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn begins in the summer of 1912 with Francie Nolan, an innocent, eleven-year-old child living in Brooklyn.
Why is a symbol important?
A symbol is important because, it helps the reader see a concept illustrated in a different way from how it is represented.
Francie had faced many challenges throughout her childhood. She had
to maneuver through her hardships by staying strong and believing in
herself. Eventually she was able to grow and be successful like the tree.
This quote explains the life of many trees that grow in Brooklyn,
however the tree symbolizes the children that grow up in this area.
Francie Nolan is one of those children who has a lot of talent and is
unique but is unappreciated because she is from a very poor family
and lifestyle.
Explanation
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