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Francie and Her Relationship with Her Parents Relationships especially with parents can be a very difficult part of life A Tree Grows in Brooklyn a novel by Betty Smith focuses mainly on Francie Nolan and her relationships with people in her life Francie and her family live in small towns in Brooklyn most of their lives The novel tracks Franciess life from childhood to adolescence while exploring Francies relationship with her parents Although Francies relationship with her father is very strong after Johnnys death she becomes closer to her mother To begin with Francie and her father have a very loving and caring relationship First Francie is not happy at school because she is poor and gets treated badly She tells her father that she saw a school that she wants to go to and asks him to let her go Johnny and Francie visit the school and since Francie is very enthusiastic about going Johnny signs a note that says she is going to stay with her siblings and has to transfer schools Johnny also writes a fake address of a house that Francie thinks is pretty Though this is wrong Johnny forges the note because he really cares about Francie Johnny wants to do what is best for her and what will make Francie happy This event brings Johnny and Francie even closer together In addition another example Francie and her fathers positive relationship is the pervert incident Francie comes home from school one day and walks into her apartment when all of a sudden a man comes out from behind her with his penis out The man grabs Francie as his penis rubs against her leg She is frozen and feels that she cannot move After the incident Johnny ran to Francie and as big as he was he picked her up in his arms as though she were a baby He rocked her and told her to go to sleep Francie
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