Analysis Of Betty Smith's 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn'

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In a time where horses slowly disappeared from streets, being replaced by automobiles, and on the impoverished Brooklyn tenement buildings, there resides the Nolan family. Surviving by just a few dollars a week, Katie Rommely Nolan, with an alcoholic husband, struggles to provide for her family. In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Katie’s beautiful hands are damaged by the products she uses to clean building, for just some cents a day. Katie’s life purpose is to obtain land and provide a successful life for her children, Francie and Neeley Nolan. In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Katie Nolan struggles to achieve her American Dream of providing her children with a fulfilling and successful life, that is superior to hers, through the means of education.
Katie Noland’s American Dream is first brought to her by her mother, Mary Rommely after she had given birth to Francie. Katie states, “ What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her?” and her mother replies, “The secret lies in the reading and 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 every day, I know this is the secret(53).”
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Instead of having oneself finding meaning in life, she wants her children to life a fulfilling, successful life, that will provide an escape from poverty. After Francis was born she did not give up on her dreams, but instead adapted them to her present situation, placing them on her newly born child. She ruined her hands from the thousands of hours she spent cleaning houses, so she could provide for her family. She also educated her children on matters on the outside world, so they will be prepared when they enter into it. Katies never gave up and was a strong independent woman that sacrificed all she had for the wellbeing of her children, until she achieve her American
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