A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Social Sensitivity

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn remains popular because of its optimism, its feminism, and its philosophical ties to more recent novels for young readers.

Women are the strong characters in this novel. Even Ben Blake, who helps Francie in her studies, is flawed, although he is a tower of strength in comparison to the novel's husbands and boyfriends.

Women in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn succeed not only in traditional feminine roles, but in stereotypically masculine roles as well.

In comparison to most present-day realistic books for young adults, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is relatively tame in its depiction of the difficulties and dangers of urban life. Perhaps the most disturbing episode occurs midway through the book when Francie is accosted by a murderer who has been terrorizing the neighborhood. The marauder exposes himself to Francie and attempts to drag her away. Katie shoots...

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