|Plot Summary of Hear My Sorrow|
|"It's 1909 in New York City, and fourteen-year-old Angela Denoto has just left school to get a job so she can help support her Italian immigrant family, even though secretly she longs to continue her education. Before she leaves, her teacher gives her a diary as a gift, and Angela begins to write in it. She describes how she gets a job at a shirtwaist factory and faces long working hours in terrible conditions. When the workers go on strike, Angela joins them, but in the end they accomplish little but to show their strength. She also describes personal tragedies, the loss of family and friends to illness, and then the devastating fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, where her sister and some of her friends work.
Rebecca Herman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Hear My Sorrow|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
- struggling to earn a living to survive
Inside culture (main char)
- immigrant story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
If story of urban/rural...
- Big city life
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- high school
- blue collar
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
- business executive
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- New York
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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