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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith is often considered to be one of thebest novels of our time But what makes this or any great novel great Is a book greatbecause it makes you think Maybe its because you can relate to the book Is it becausethe characters are so familiar Or maybe the way the author writes is what makes it goodWell perhaps it is not what the book is about or whether or not you can relate to thecharacters but maybe its about the feelings and elements in the book The emotions thatthe book carries It was once said that the best literature is about the old universal truthsLove Pride Sacrifice Truly words that carry special meaning to all of us There is nobetter example of these truths than in Betty Smiths novel A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Many find it hard to express love I find it harder to define love There are so manytypes of love Truly we have all experienced some form of it but its always hard to labelSo many levels of love types of love and ways to love who can decide Well one doesntneed to understand love to know love The point is clearly defined in A Tree Grows InBrooklyn When Johnny sweeps Katie off her feet to Dance to Sweet Rosie OGradyshe decides that she wants nothing more than to look at him and listen to him for the restof her life Then and there she decided that those privileges were worth slaving for all herlife Perhaps it was a mistake that she made the there it was plain and simple love Katies mother Mary Rommely also had a strong love but it wasnt for her manbut for her children with whom she protected Mary hid the childrens father from themthus protecting them from what she assumed was the greatest evil known Marys eldestchild Sissy also had a love for children In this case
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