Family Relationships In Kate Chopin's The Bean Trees

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Taylor doesn't really think that Newt is her brother. She trusts her mom for what she says. The life of Newt hardbine kind of an example of what Taylor's life could have been like if it was not for her mother raising her the way she did with good morals and values. In this novel, The Bean Trees, plants are related to family. How they grow, and how the act to changes. Plant are almost always associated with how family relationships should be like. At this point in novel taylor doesn't think of Mattie as just a friend but in this passage it suggests that Mattie is starting to stand as some sort of substitute mother in Taylor's life as she is far from home a misses her mother.
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