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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Transcript of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
"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 493).
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
This coming of age story follows the life of Francie Nolan and her family. Growing up in a poor neighborhood in Williamsburg, New York, Francie faced many hardships such as growing up with an alcoholic father, a mother who doesn't pay much attention to her, and shortages on money and food. As Francie grows older, she realizes the harsh realities of life.
"They were the pride of Shantytown, the tall, blond, good-looking Nolan lads. They had quick feet in shoes that were kept highly polished. Their trousers hung just so and their hats sat jauntily on their head. But they were all dead before thirty-five--all dead, and of the four, only Johnny left children" (Smith 71).
"No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement. It grew lushly, but only in the tenement districts." (Smith 6).
"Mama, could i have sixty-five dollars of the money you've been saving for me towards college?"
"College, of course." She was deliberately casual for the drama of it. She was rewarded by the way Mama's voice scaled up as she repeated after Francie:
"Summer school college." (Smith 428).
If you show determination during hard times, and you don't give up, you will come out stronger than before.
"Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way" (Smith 95).
"The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. The she must read every day. I know this is the secret" (Smith 83).
"Before you die you must own a bit of land--maybe with a house on it that your child or your children may inherit" (Smith 85).
The use of foreshadowing kind of creates suspense because you don't know when Johnny is going to die or how he's going to die.