Motherhood In The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver

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In the novel The Bean Trees by Barbara KIngsolver the symbol/motif of motherhood and why it's unrealistic to expect perfection from mothers is commonly explored with Taylor, Lou Ann and Esperanza, none of who fit the stereotypical vision of a mother. Taylor, who avoided pregnancy her entire life becomes the mother of an indian girl, Lou Ann's husbands abandons her before their child is even born, and Esperanza is forced to leave her child to save the lives of others. Each of them love their children greatly and are willing to put their children before themselves and their outside relationships; Taylor holds back her relationship with Estevan because she sees herself in Esperanza as a mother. Esperanza does not blame Taylor when turtle

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