3 Ways Social Classes and Money Appear in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn:



  1. When you’re broke, picking trash could always get you a few cents.

– The protagonist would go and find recyclable items and sell to make some money. The money she makes can be used for her temporary happiness, such as buying small cadies at the candy shop, Cheap Charlie.


  1. When that tiny bit of cash reaches your hands, it’s like feeling gold.

– The protagonist could go into a shop and touch all the things she felt like getting, and when the clerk asked her if she was going to buy something, her response could be simply purchasing something. She enjoyed this feeling because it gave her relief from the poverty that she was living in.


  1. Being poor was not half bad, the bakers took pity in us and sold stale bread for half the original price.

– The protagonist lives a proletariat lifestyle, so that on most day her and her family could not afford a meal, and usually skipped lunch.  When the local bakers found out that their product had begun to go bad or stale, they sold it only to the poor for half the price. The reason they didn’t sell it to the rich was because the rich had money, and the bakers knew that they had to defend their reputation.


A Lifetime Being Cheque

It was a dark  and gloomy day, Lawrence Exeter gave birth to a young baby boy. For him money was never an issue, and having a baby was just another place to use his prosperity. Life for Lawrence Exeter Jr was a dream, between fan and fiction.

With money being equivalent to oxygen, it would have been expected that the life of the baby boy would be filled with joy and luxury. But no, behind the family walls lay a dark secret. The father, Lawrence Exter Sr, was a infamous philanderer. Throughout his life he was married four times, and every marriage ended the same way. Cheating.

The Exeter family was a hidden tragedy, the darkness that lay behind the family business of Property Investment shook even the bravest men to the ground. In order for his son to not fall into the same trap door of depression, he was sent off to college at the mere age of 17.

College was never a good decision for Lawrence Jr. He did everything from mere robbery, to arson-age. But these were mere compared to the one fatal addiction the son had. Two months into college, gambling began to play a role in Lawrence Jr’s life. The prospects of making so much money was a dream for him. At his very lows he borrowed a large loan from the school, forcing his father to pay $339.00. After being expelled from five different Universities, not even bribery could get him in.

Life at this point was no longer bearable. His second wife had just caught him cheating, his properties had dropped in price, and his only son was in the depths of despair. To find a source of ecstasy, he began to visit Tony Spagoni, a corrupt pharmacist. He prescribed the “harmless pill” , TCA.

The pill did miracles

The Tell Tale Heart: Third Person Omniscient


Explain My Thinking:

I chose this paragraph due to the overwhelming suspense which I felt while reading it. “I knew that he had been lying awake…had been since growing upon him.” (Poe 121) The depiction of this passage was portrayed in such a way that the reader could feel the emotions and thoughts of the protagonist. I tried to copy this, and elaborate in areas in my own way, while also excluding parts which didn’t seem relevant to the picture that was being drawn in the reader’s head.


The Rewrite in 3rd Person Omniscient:


Presently he heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was a sheer beauty watching struggle, knowing that the fate of the old man was close to gone. The objects in the room shouted trying to warn him of the murderer that awaited his prey, but no, not a pin drop could be heard. He was up in bed, trying to comfort himself: “It is nothing but the wind in the chimney-it is only a mouse crossing the floor,” or “it is merely a cricket which has a made a single chirp.” It was frightening as death steadily approached him, step by step, wielding his scythe in both hands.” There was almost an eerie sadness in the room, as there was irritably tragic ending for the mortal soul.

The Life Transition

Has the world ever crumbled under your feet throwing you down a one-way path? In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie creates two Native settings which cause the protagonist to change and adapt to his new surroundings. As a kid growing up in the Rez, Junior always wanted to be a cartoonist as he believes, “it is the only way [He] can become rich and famous.” After living in the reservation Junior realizes that in order to achieve his dreams he must move away. Alexie writes “90% of the deaths have been because of alcohol.” In the Rez, all the adults were drunks, many who had a bright future, but all diminished at the foot of alcohol. Junior could see that if he was to carry on his life at the Reservation, he would be in the exact same shoe as the others. So in order to achieve his dreams, Junior courageously left the Rez and went to Reardan. Arriving at Reardan Junior faced a new set of problems. Although drinking was no longer prevalent, the theme of bullying and racism appeared. A tall boy called Roger began to pick on him as Junior was the only native American at the school. “Did you know Indians are living proof that niggers fuck buffalo?” This was the most racist remark made by Roger, which provoked Junior to punch him in the face, as this was the only method of solving conflicts which Junior knew about. Immediately after arriving, poverty became eminent to Junior. “[Junior’s Family] doesn’t have money for Oscar.” At the beginning of the novel, Junior’s pet dog was sick and eventually died. The author showed how poor the family was by portraying the price of a bullet as two cents, while the vet fee as a number which Junior’s parents could only dream of. Being poor was a large problem for Junior since “Poverty doesn’t give your strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you to be poor.” Surrounded by wealthy friends, Junior has no choice but to lie about his financial dilemma. Like money, Junior at first lacked friendship. Alexie writes “So I stood on the sidewalk and watched my father drive away.” The theme of loneliness was conspicuous since the protagonist is alone at his new school with no one there to welcome him. This was the first time anyone had left the Rez to go learn at a school filled with white children.
Junior’s plight can even be observed at our school. Every year, ISB takes in many new students, bringing new faces and new cultures. Like Junior, all the students struggle in one way or another to not only keep their identity while also satisfying the needs of the community. As Junior moved to Reardan he realized that certain things that worked in the Reservation did not work in Reardan, which caused him to adapt and change to his surrounding environment.




This project was a great learning experience for me! I am proud of the amount of effort that I put into this piece of work. For example making the info-graphic took a lot of time. I wished that my writing for my magazine could be slightly longer and more informative, I also spotted some grammar mistakes. I learnt that when I go to a field trip, I should pay attention to what is going on, on previous years I realized that I went on trips purely for playing with my friends, this year I just tried paying attention. This made putting the information into my infographic easy to make. I feel that I greatly improved my collaboration at the end of the project.

The Periling Pearl

Imagine your life after winning a huge lottery, or getting three cherries in a Casino, The Pearl written by John Steinbeck is about a pearl hunter, who found the pearl of the world. Kino the main protagonist finds the pearl of the world, a glory that one could only dream of. The main theme in this book is greed as an oppressive force.


In the book, Kino’s baby boy Coyotito got stung by a scorpion. Unable to pay for a doctor, Kino went to hunt for a Pearl that could cover the cost of the treatment. “All manners of people grew interested in Kino- people with things to sell and people with favors to ask. Kino had found the Pearl of the World.” (Steinbeck 22) After Coyotito, Kino’s baby got stung by the scorpion, they went to the doctor in hopes of treatment. After a long period of time, the servant of the doctor notified them that the doctor was not home and was called away. This was a lie since the doctor was at home resting, Kino was turned away because he was a poor native, who could not offer treatment. Later that morning, Kino and his wife Juana, took their family canoe to go diving for Pearls. Juana’s prayers for finding a large Pearl was answered. Kino surfaced the largest pearl that either one of them has ever seen, also at the presence of the Pearl, Coyotito’s sting disappeared. The word that Kino had found a Pearl of great worth spread like wildfire. Everyone came to congratulate Kino, who let them gaze upon his amazing find. That evening the local priest came over to bless him for his fortune, and reminded him of his position in the church. Shortly after two dark figures approach the house, Kino identified them as the doctor and his servant. The doctor claimed to be busy at the time, but rushed over as soon as possible. At first Kino, enraged, attempted to get rid of the doctor, but was soon skeptic, when the doctor mentioned the possibility of an infection. The doctor prescribed a white powder, laced into water, which was given to the baby. An hour later the doctor returned to Kino’s house, at the time the baby was growing violently ill, and fed the baby a potion which calmed it’s squirming. After all the treatment is done, the doctor slyly inquired on how he would be paid. The next morning Kino and his wife headed to a pearl dealer, where they planned to get a great sum of money from selling the Pearl. Kino’s cousin warned him that the dealers would try to cheat them and get it for a cheap price. At the end of the day Kino was unable to find an honest dealer, who would offer him a good price. This passage shows greed in a negative way. The doctor who was at first turning a blind eye towards Kino’s dying baby, suddenly was concerned and worried about its wellbeing after the discovery of the pearl. Also the Priest, an individual who was supposedly pure, and treated all the poor and wealthy equally, also went over to Kino to baptize his baby, marry him and his wife, and give him blessing. The pearl dealer, only had money on their minds and was willing to do anything to get the pearl from Kino. It is not only these individuals who are greedy, every person has a natural instinct, that allows them to have a desire to receive an item. “I had not heard of it. Do you keep this pearl in a safe place? Perhaps you would like me to put it in my safe?” (34) Although now stated directly, it is very clear that the doctor wants to find a way to gain access to the Pearl. Greed has impacted the main protagonist in a very negative way. Kino had a lovely family going, until the arrival of the Pearl. The Pearl itself is a very pure object, but human greed pollutes it. In order to protect the pearl Kino become very defensive, and no longer shows the love and care to his fellow natives.




Sewol: (1994-2014) Sunken


Citation: Ap, Raphael Ahren and Alexander Fulbright, Tamar Pileggi, Stuart Winer, Sue Surkes, Times Of Israel Staff, Ilan Ben Zion, Times of Israel Staff and AFP, Raphael Ahren, AFP And Raphael Ahren, Niv Elis, and Judah Ari Gross. “Fears Grow for 283 Missing in Korea Ferry Disaster.” The Times of Israel. N.p., 16 Apr. 2014. Web. 02 May 2017.


In the real world thousands of people’s lives are jeopardized due to the greed of others. Based on The Times of Israel, over a 110 people die annually, due to accidents caused by not having proper material and funding. Based on an CNN article 283 innocent ferry passengers died, due to the greed of a private business company. “Yonhap news agency said the 146-meter (480-foot) -long ship, which travels twice a week between Incheon and Jeju, was built in Japan in 1994 and could carry a maximum of 921 people, 180 vehicles and 152 shipping containers.” Based on later statistics, Sewol was carrying almost triple of what it was authorized to contain. Eventually, when the ferry was sinking, specialist analyzed that the time taken for the boat to sink was 54 minutes, but due to overload of weight from shipping containers and humans, it took under half an hour to submerge the entire boat.

The greed of others has yet again caused the death of a total of 297 people. People who are higher in the economic status, take of advantage of others to make money. In this case both the owner of the Ferry and the private business owner, allowed the overload of shipping crates in order to save time and money. Human greed is one of the largest enemies known to man kind, it corrupts many, and endangers others, do you know any others?

John Steinbeck Nobel Prize

The Pearl Review





The Ways of the Revolution

I compared pages 22-24 of the novel Red Scarf Girl, written by Ji Li Jiang, with an article from the book China’s Cultural Revolution, called Red Guards Smash the Four Olds. The two articles that I picked were both mainly about Smashing the Four Olds, but it touched on the major turning points such as, “The End of the Revolution.” Although the subject was the same, the non-fiction article stated more in-depth information about specific actions taken to destroy the Four Olds.  To conclude, through all the analysis of the text, the two passages have many similarities, but much more differences. Overall, “Red Scarf Girl” was still written to mainly tell a story, while “China’s Cultural Revolution” was written to give information to the reader.

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The Throwback of The Century

Call me lonely. Perhaps I was, an single man, living in an run-down apartment with no means of company but my romantic novels. As a professor teaching in the Beijing University, I was one of the oldest, with the strictest, and most amount discipline. Knowing my treacherous students bad mouthing me behind my back, I was strong mentally.


The Cultural Revolution, led by Mao Ze Dong, brought dramatic changes to China. China was fully united into one strong nation after the Revolution, rebelling outer powers such as the United States of America, Japan, French, and Germany. Secondly, the general behavior of the people of China had been heavily affected by the revolution. To this day people are still haunted by the prospects of being caught by the government if they denounced Mao or any of his ideologies. Lastly, the goals of making a profit in China changed majorly to their industrial side, instead of relying fully on their agricultural means of profit. Due to this monumental change, China began to reach out to other country’s reestablishing many trading routes.

Although there are many changes, lots of things also stayed the same. Although after the Revolution China remained as a communist country, meaning their core ideas for ruling a country did not alter, and many of the citizens remained to respect Mao as a historical figure. Secondly, China is still relying heavily on their agricultural profits, although the government is working assiduously to turn the country into an industrial country.


The Earthquake of The Century



Why is your revolution important?

The Chinese Cultural Revolution is important because it united China as a full country.

What were people fighting for?

During the Revolution all the activists thought that they were fighting for their “Beloved Mao.” When truly the behind scenes Mao promoted revolutionary spirit to promote himself, and rise up in power.

What should people realize about your revolution be fore they watch the video?

Although many specific events took place during the revolution. One thing the audience must know before watching is that the Cultural Revolution did not take place for no reason. A lot of high classed people fought for power, while taking advantage of blindly patriotic citizens, mainly teenagers.

The Boy in The Striped Pajamas


Picture yourself locked behind electric fences, and whipped for the pleasure of others, The Boy in The Striped Pajamas written by John Boyne is about a young boy experiencing life near the holocaust, during the period of the Second World War. Bruno, the main protagonist, learns a lot about the reality of life, away from the comfort of his previous home in Berlin. The Jews in the concentration camps are treated very brutally, and inhumanely. The main theme in the book is the childlike innocence can cause people, mainly children, to be misunderstood.

In the book, Bruno’s family had to move away from his childhood home, to Auschwitz, due to his father’s promotion by Hitler himself. As a young nine-year-old boy, Bruno loved to explore. “…he wanted to whisper to them that everything was all right, that father was the commandment, and if this was the type of thing that he wanted the people to do then it must be all right.” (Boyne 217) One day while Bruno was getting a tire to make a swing, to brighten his mood in the melancholy house he lived in, he noticed a small window that could squeeze a small person through it. After exploring outside of the window, he came across a long electrocuted fence, with a boy sitting behind it. Starting from that day, as soon as he had time Bruno would come and visit this boy, called Shmuel. One day Bruno discovered that he was moving back to his house in Berlin because his mother could no longer stand the conditions in Auschwitz. But the day before Shmuel told Bruno that he could not find his father, and they had planned to go looking for him today. So Bruno decided to help his friend out, and climb under the electrocuted fence, and begin searching. Without knowing Bruno and Shmuel were walking into a gas chamber along with other Jews (victims of the Holocaust). The two of them died holding hands. In this story, Bruno did not know what was really happening behind the fence, all he knew was that there were people there and that his father was in charge. The childlike innocence of Bruno caused him to believe in the misconception that he was in a safe environment since his father was running the area. The two children also manage to communicate with each other in an ordinary fashion, because of their innocence. Unlike the adults, they can communicate as friends. There is no discrimination in between them. “I don’t see why I have to be stuck over here on this side of the fence where there’s no one to talk to and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day.” (114) This quote also shows that Bruno is an innocent character. He fails to see that the Jews are actually in a concentration camp, where they have many restrictions. Bruno’s childlike innocence acts as a window, meaning he can see what is happening, but is unable to understand the situation.


Omran Daqneesh:


Citation: His Name Is Omran: The Bloodied Boy in Syria.” CNN. Cable News Network, 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.

In the real world, innocent children around the war are heavily affected by wars. Based on UNICEF’s statistics, in the Afghanistan War, 733 child soldiers were killed, UNICEF’s Regional Director tells Child Victims or War Organization that many developing country’s governments are using children because they are smaller in size and less likely to be suspected as a soldier. These innocent kids have been taken advantage of by cruel world leaders, who care only for their greed. Would you believe it, if this was still happening? From a CNN article about the Syrian War, “Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy, had his house bombed by air attacks. The boy sat in the ambulance, not knowing what happened, instead of crying like fellow neighbors living in the area.” Omran is just one lucky victim in the country. The war-torn country had impacted lives of thousands of children. Many of the children are just like Omran, confused by the situation, their innocence causes them to not know what happened to them. They fail to understand the truth behind, on how attacks from enemy forces had taken away their homes.

There are many Child innocence which effect the children. They have been mistaken for being ignorant and unintelligent by others. Bruno, as a young 9 year old boy did not understand the reason Shmuel  wasn’t allowed in his house, and Omran Daqneesh, a survivor from an air attack in Syria is also dazzled by the destruction of his house and possibly the death of his family. There are many cases of Child Innocence, do you know any?



John Boyne Website



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