The Bean Trees Essays

  • Feminism In The Bean Trees

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    be powerful if they are willing to take it instead of waiting for it to be granted to them. Feminism and the power of women is not only a controversial topic in society, but it is also a popular motif in one of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels. In The Bean Trees, a major theme of her novel is that women are free to break the standards set by men and be independent from men. Early in the novel, Taylor’s car has some flat tires coming into town. She stops by a used tire shop and meets the owner, Mattie to

  • The Bean Trees Character Analysis

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    In Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Bean Trees, Taylor represents a bildungsroman character. A bildungsroman story is a coming of age story that consists of four stages. In the first stage of a bildungsroman character’s journey, she experiences a loss or painful experience that drives her to start a new life. The character goes through a baptismal rite in the second stage, which always involves water. The character endures many difficult trials in the third stage, but ends up gaining a new insight

  • Toxic Relationships In The Bean Trees

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    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

  • Examples Of Epiphany In The Bean Trees

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    The Bean Trees Major epiphanies are found in “The Bean Trees.” The characters, Taylor and Lou Ann, both have a major epiphany. Taylor’s epiphany is that a community is necessary for her. After Taylor and Turtle rent a room at the Hotel Republic and Taylor's money is gone, Taylor knows that she has to get a job to support herself and Turtle; however, she is wondering how she will be able to afford childcare for Turtle. After Taylor moves in with Lou Ann, she finds a community. Taylor learns over

  • Nontraditional Families In The Bean Trees

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    Throughout the book “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver, there are many examples of nontraditional families. Your traditional nuclear family would consist of a father, mother, a child maybe two. You do not see that in “The Bean Trees”. One example of a nontraditional family would be before Taylor and her mother Alice before Taylor left Kentucky. Then another nontraditional family would be Estevan and Esperanza. The final nontraditional family would be Taylor, Turtle, Lou Ann, and Dwayne Ray. Taylor

  • Women In Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

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    most popular novel, The Bean Trees, Kingsolver tells the story of two struggling mothers, Taylor, a young woman who adopts a Native American girl on reservation, and Lou Ann, a single mother that has to overcome her worries to support her new born son. Barbara Kingsolver uses elements of fiction to show the negative effects of the objectification of women by connecting the problems that her female characters go through to the problems women face in real life. In The Bean Trees, Kingsolver writes how

  • Immigrants In Barbra Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

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    Have you ever wondered what all immigrants have in common? In the Bean Trees by Barbra Kingsolver it tells about some immigrants from Guatemala. The immigrant experience is classified by not giving up, escaping a past worse life, and making sacrifices. In the bean trees it follows Esparanza, and Estevan two immigrants from Guatemala. They left Guatemala because they wanted to get a better life. They were apart of a teachers union, they're headquarters were raided by the government because unions

  • Analysis Of Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

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    The Bean Trees was published to an enthusiastic reception in 1988 and received an American Library Association award in that year (Demarr). In the novel, The main character, Taylor Greer leaves her hometown of rural Kentucky in search of a better life. Along her Journey she faces many difficulties and made long lasting relationships. Taylor never lost hope and remained optimistic. In The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver establishes the theme of hope for the future through the use of similes, motifs

  • Esperanza's The Bean Trees

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    The Bean Trees tackles such huge issues as divorce, child abuse, and illegal immigration through Taylor Greer, a girl from rural Kentucky who, while trying to start a new life for herself outside of her home town of Pittman County, ends up with an abandoned child who was molested in her previous home, and thus is reluctant to speak. Taylor names the baby girl Turtle, and when her car breaks down in Tucson, and she can’t afford to fix it, she decides to live there, renting from a recently divorced

  • The Bean Trees Analysis

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    The Bean Trees is can be seen as another The Thing They Carried styled writing. Tim O’Brien wrote a fictional story, inspired by his own time in the Vietnam War. The Bean Trees is a fictional story, inspired by Barbra Kingsolver’s own personal motherhood journey. Kingsolver has two children, Camille and Lily (Kingsolver, http://www.kingsolver.com/biography). Using her own experiences unmistakably makes The Bean Trees truly hers as she drew from her experiences as a mother to accurately show Taylors

  • Family In The Bean Trees

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    In The Bean Trees, all of the families are loving, but they also go through events that challenge them and change them forever. These families include Estevan and Esperanza, who had a very rough past and still fight through it. Another family is Lou Ann, Angel, and Dwayne Ray, who go through a very hard transition early on in the marriage. The last family is Taylor and Turtle, who through eventful circumstances, become a family. These challenges change the families forever. Estevan and Esperanza

  • The Bean Trees Women

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    "The Indian child was a girl. A girl, poor thing. That fact had already burdened her short life with a kind of misery I could not imagine". Taylor Greer, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. The Bean Trees novel, written by Barbara Kingsolver is a novel that talks, particularly about the shared burden of Womanhood. The novel begins when a woman gives a female American Indian child to the protagonist of the story, Taylor Greer. Equality between women and men has been an issue around the globe

  • Transformation In The Bean Trees

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    There is always someone that is considered to be a catalyst of change in their lives and the lives of those that surround them. In the novel “The Bean Trees”, the main character named Taylor, who from a very young age, knows that she needs to make changes in her life if she is to not become like the other girls in her small Kentucky town. Taylor embodies a personality of progression and individuality. In the novel Taylor goes through different stages of transformation and learning toward personal

  • Symbols In The Bean Trees

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    In the novel, The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, symbolic actions taken by the characters illustrates how anyone could be a person’s family through emotional support through hardships and life even if they are not related. Taylor ends up with Turtle and they form a family together, and when they move in with Lou Ann and her son, their family grows even bigger and stronger together. Even though Taylor and Lou Ann are no where near related, they still think of each other as family. Lou Ann talks

  • The Color Purple Family Analysis

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    Family Family is a large part of The Color Purple. Alice walker says makes many points about various subjects, but her opinion on family is clear. Family is not defined by blood relation or marriage, or any traditional connection. This is very clear in The Color Purple, through the life of Celie and her journey as a person Celie is introduced as an abused child/mother of her Pa’s children. She is raped by him often, and has fathered many of his children. Once Pa’s wife dies, she is forced to be

  • The Garbage Girl: A Short Story

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    As a toddler I developed a reputation for being the Garbage Girl. Every Wednesday as the trundle of the garbage truck echoed through the streets of my village I would bolt outside, princess dress flapping in the breeze to meet my honorary Aunty Katrina, the driver, and Uncle Conrad, the collector. I’d don my child sized gloves and grab the miniature trash picker that Uncle had gifted me, and we’d go to work. My mornings were spent happily skipping after the truck and spearing wayward pieces of trash

  • The Bean Trees Bird Analysis

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    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver uses birds to represent several of the main characters in the novel. Taylor saw in the desert birds nesting in a cactus which shows the connection between several characters in the novel. Turtle represents the birds in the nest because she is depending on taylor just like the birds depend on the cactus for shelter. Also it shows how how turtle in not where she is meant to be because birds usually nest on trees. Lou ann represents the nest. The nest is there

  • Symbolism In The Bean Trees Kingsolver

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    Some people mature faster than others, and some take their time doing so. In the book The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, a young woman named Taylor happens to end up with a little girl, Turtle. Throughout the story, Kingsolver mentions birds often. Birds represent maturity to Turtle. She use birds to compare to Turtle's life and her situations while she is maturing and growing up. The first instance of birds symbolizing Turtle maturing is when Lou Ann, Taylor and their friends are sitting in

  • Character Analysis: The Bean Trees

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    Lindsey Matthiesen November 23, 2015 Throughout Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies examples are shown of people who have never struggled with moving to a different country, try and make the lives worse of those who have. First, Esperanza and Stephan are not accepted because of their origin. Second, Boori Ma is blamed for a robbery that took place while she was wandering the streets and finally, Eliot’s mom questions Mrs. Sen’s credibility

  • Figurative Language In The Bean Trees

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    In Barbara Kingsolver’s story, “The Bean Trees”, something that makes it so effective is her use of figurative language to depict scenery. In chapter 12, Mattie takes Taylor, Esperanza and Estevan to a beautiful desert at the time of the first rain, so they can see the natural world come to life. In order to make the scene come alive, Kingsolver uses sillies, metaphors and personification as a mean of figurative language. Kingsolver personifies the mountains and city. “The sloped desert plain that