Relationships are always challenging, but there are certain qualities that mark either a beneficial or toxic relationship. Being able to pick up on these signs is very important to maintain a solid relationship. There is unfortunate time when one has to notice a sign of a poor relationship, and figure out how to fix it. In the book The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, the characters Taylor and Lou Ann are great friends living in Arizona. In Matt de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy, Danny and Uno become good friends during one summer while playing baseball. In Amy Tan’s short story “Two Kinds”, a girl and her mother struggle to keep up good relations between them. All of these texts have great examples of signs of good and toxic relationships. The …show more content…
In Barbara Kingsolver's, The Bean Trees, Taylor and Lou Ann are best friends. They live together and talk about everything together. Even when they first meet, they are good friends. Taylor says, “Within ten minutes Lou Ann and I were in the kitchen drinking diet Pepsi and splitting our gussets laughing about homeostasis and bean turds” (Kingsolver, ch. 5). This quote shows the reader that Lou Ann and Taylor are really good friends. They can relate to each other and laugh about things together, even when they first meet. Later in the book, it shows us one of the reasons why they are such good friends. Taylor and Lou Ann stay good friends because they help each other. Taylor says, “I cooked on weekends, and also on any week night that Lou Ann had kept Turtle. It would be a kind of payment. And she would do the vacuuming, because she liked to, and I would wash dishes because I didn’t mind them” (Kingsolver, ch. 7). This quote shows the reader that they are working together, and making it so that both people are happy with the chores they have to do. Lou Ann does the vacuuming because she likes it, and Taylor does the dishes for the same reason. We can learn from this that when two people work together to make everybody happy, it is a clear sign of a mutually beneficial relationship. The first quote shows us how much of a connection they have, and the second shows us why they …show more content…
In the short story “Two Kinds”, by Amy Tan, the Amy’s mother want her to become a prodigy. She tries everything to get Amy to be a star. She eventually makes Amy play the piano two hours a day. Amy hates that her mother makes her do this, and she tells her that she can’t change to make her mother happy. She says, ‘“Why don’t you like me the way I am?” I cried. “I'm not a genius! I can't play the piano. And even if I could, I wouldn't go on TV for a million dollars!”’ (Tan). In this quote, the character is telling her mother that she can't change, and that she hates trying to change for her mother. Her mother is forcing her to become a star, and Amy hates her for that. Later in the story, Amy snaps at her mother again, but this time much worse. After a terrible piano recital, Amy has set her mind to never playing the instrument again. After a while, her mother says that Amy has to practice. Because Amy has made up her mind, she refuses to go. To make her mother go away, she decided to bring up something that will deeply disturb her mother. She brings up her mother two dead babies. She says, ‘“You want me to be someone I’m not!” I sobbed. “I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!”... “Is wish I wasn't your daughter”... “Too late to change this,” my mother said… “Then I wish I was dead! Like them!”... Alakazam!- her face went blank’ (Tan). In this instance, Amy hated what her mother was
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In this novel the character's in the story, and the bean trees help us realize that there are a lot of miracles in life, and how quickly the world around us can change. The Bean Trees teaches us about the miracles in life. In chapter three, there was a series of sentences that stated,“Sure enough, they were one hundred percent purple: stems, leaves, and pods. . . . ‘The Chinese lady next door gave them to me. . . .
How The Bean Trees is a coming of age themed novel In The Bean Trees Taylor and Lou Ann struggle to come of age, or mature, with these two being very important characters I believe a major theme of the book is coming of age. There are many pieces of evidence to support this claim, therefore I will provide them. Our first example would have to be Taylor’s journey throughout the book.
With the exception of Angel and Lou Ann’s relationship, it seems like every personal interaction in The Bean Trees is equal parts of give and take. For example, Virgie Mae helps Edna Poppy who is blind, while Edna Poppy runs interference on Virgie’s inappropriate remarks. Lou Ann teaches Taylor how to hone her abilities, and Taylor calms and reassures Lou Ann. Even Estevez and Esperanza are symbiotic; they have been through so much, with their illegal immigration that they cannot function outside of one another. In what ways do these relationships, and the other, less prominent relationships in The Bean Trees promote a network of reliance?
Have you ever been in a tough situation? An over arching theme for the books The Bean Trees, and Mexican White boy is having grit and mental toughness under pressure. In the books there are good examples of people under pressure showing their true selves. Peoples morals are tested and they prosper in a tough situation.
It has often been said that once you spend enough time with someone and create a strong bond with them, you end up becoming very close and considering them family. What has also been said is that we find friendships when we need it most. As important as family is in real life, it is often shown that in literature, authors use this concept to offer a clear understanding on how close an individual can get to someone within months. Barbara Kingsolver demonstrates the importance of family through Taylor in her novel The Bean Trees, as she creates strong relationships on her way through life.
To began with, Symbolism is literary element used often in The Bean Trees and Mirror Image. In Kingsolvers book, symbolism is used in the very title The Bean Trees. Turtle’s first word is bean which she gets from seeing a wisteria plant that has gone into seed form and produced bean like pods. Later the author emphasizes the symbolism by having Turtle read about how the plant thrives in bad conditions.
When she was young, she could not process the way her father raised and treated her, so she believed everything he said. When she is able to understand, her tone changes and becomes clinical and critical remembering the way he constantly let her
While reading the story, you can tell in the narrators’ tone that she feels rejected and excluded. She is not happy and I’m sure, just like her family, she wonders “why her?” She is rejected and never accepted for who she really is. She is different. She’s not like anyone else
Tan was in shame and pain when she would feel that people were giving her mother a negative reaction. As Tan grew older she realized that it wasn’t a big deal that her mother’s English was not that well. She got used to it because she had been talking to her for years using “Broken English” and when her mother was around
The short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan explains a mother and daughter relationship that has many differences within a conflict in the story. The narrator demonstrates that the mother and the daughter do not agree with the same aspect on life. Since the mother wants her daughter to be perfect, the daughter refuses to make her mother’s wishes come true. Her mother wanted the narrator to become the perfect traditional daughter, but the narrator’s differences triggered with her mother. An indication from the story is, “Unlike my mother, I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me” (137).
In the book “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, it’s about a little girl who is pressured by her mother to become something she doesn’t want to be. Jing- mei , the daughter, is forced to become a prodigy(child actress), by her mother, and she doesn’t want to be one. In the story, Jing- meis’ mother uses allusions such as Shirley Temple to push her into becoming a prodigy. Although at first Jing- mei is excited to become a prodigy, she later realizes its something she just doesn’t enjoy doing. Consequently, the uses of allusion in the story help Jing- mei discover to not be a prodigy and that what her mother wants for her is not always important.
According to Aristotle theory on friendship, Lennie and George are virtuous friends. They had a friendship for a long time. Lennie and George both have a dream of having a farm that both of them could live on together. They want to live on a farm together without worrying. While people believe that Lennie and George were pleasure friends because they shared a dream, They have a bond and only share that dream because of that bond which is why they are virtuous friends.