A Tree grows in Brooklyn

By: Betty Smith

Poor

Denotation: Lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society.

Connotation

Trent: People who barely have enough money to support themselves. Why? Because when I hear the word poor I think of people on the side of the road asking for money. Negative

Beth: Not having at lot of money Why? Poor people are considered to not make a lot of money. Negative

Morgan: People in the lower class. Why? Low class doesn't make a lot of money. Negative

Nikki: Sparta, NC Why? They don't even have a Bojangles up there. Negative

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Word used and impact in text

"That was the kind of tree it was. It liked poor people."

"It was one of the links between the ground-down poor and the wasteful rich."

"Losher's redeemed the stale bread from the dealers and sold it at half price to the poor."


The word poor provides a negative attitude and provides pitty for whoever the word is used towards. When I think of poor, I think of somebody on the side of the road asking for money. In the story, when they use poor this makes me feel sad for the kids who are having to sell trash for money. Poor makes a bigger impact on the reader by feeling pitty for the kids. The author could've just said, "the kids have a low-income", but this doesn't have the impact poor has on the text.

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