Poverty In A Tree Grows In Brooklyn By Betty Smith

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a novel that perfectly represents a life lived in poverty. Smith uses childhood in Brooklyn to help build her story. In almost every chapter her main characters face many problem of poverty in early twentieth-century America. The problems that are thrown at the characters often seem unbearable and impossible to overcome. They struggle to break through the problems of the lower class. Though, they always find a way to defeat the unpleasant situations they are in and make something good out of them. The characters’ fight through poverty in A Tree Grow in Brooklyn shows that they have strong mental and physical characteristics. Demonstrating that people may run into tough obstacles in life, but if they persevere it is possible to overcome them. Betty Smith gives a strong voice to the underclass, inspiring them to overcome the struggles of poverty. She allows the reader to see the main characters overcome these problems through education, pride, saving money and persevering in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn takes places in the twentieth century, between the nineteen hundreds and nineteen-eighteen, focusing on the problems of poverty in that time. Though, people can still relate to this book today because poverty still exist in our world. Poverty is the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support, a condition of being poor. Michael B. Katz and Mark J. Stern, authors of “Poverty in Twentieth-Century America,” points out that poverty begins with the working class living on the edge of destitution, frequently short on everyday essentials” (par. 10). This struggle to provided everyday essentials creates problems for a family living in poverty. ...

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...them. This makes it easy for everyone to find a character to connect with. There is also a strong theme of survival in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, giving the readers the characteristics it takes to survive poverty. The easy connection with the characters, the lessons they teach us and there fight to make their way out of poverty inspires the readers to do the same. Betty Smith gives a strong voice to the underclass, inspiring them to overcome the struggles of poverty. She allows the reader to see the main characters overcome these problems through education, pride, saving money and persevering in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. This book has affected many peoples lives, like the story of the award winning writer, Jacquelyn Mitchard. We can only hope that this book will continue to inspire readers to overcome the struggles of poverty through the story of the Nolan family.
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