Blindness In Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

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To have the privilege of being able to see, you always wonder how life is to someone that can’t. Life revolves a lot in knowing what you can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. These are some things we take for granted, sometimes you really have to sit yourself down and acknowledge how lucky you are. But in an imperfect world, some people aren’t as lucky and you have to be willing to listen and learn about what other people go through. Based on The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, there is a character named Edna Poppy who is blind, but Taylor and Lou Ann hadn’t realize it until later in the book. What really got my attention was the fact that not only they didn’t realize it, but instead focused on the type of person that she was. Edna, of course, took that as a compliment and felt great that they first didn’t recognize her blindness. The interest into learning how someone can live through their whole life being blind is what I am willing to learn. The history of blindness came from a time where it was difficult to even keep someone around that was blind. People were giving away their children, abandon them, leaving them to die (Omvig 2017). As shocking as it is, of course everyone is scared of the unknown, this was not very common and seeing someone who was blind was a whole new thing. Once it became a very common…show more content…
She was scared to live a life completely different but then figured out that she was not going to live a life feeling sorry for herself (Tindall 2014). She did research upon research and came to the conclusion of finding a place called Louisiana Center for the Blind that had completely changed her life. Not only that but once she graduated they still help her out, and many others are also given the opportunity of a

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