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  • Taylor Hit Tucson
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    Happiness Westward: An Essay About The Bean Trees Taylor, like many Americans wanted a better life for herself. All around her, girls were getting pregnant and thus having to stay in Pittman County, Kentucky to raise a family. Taylor decides to head west until her car breaks down. This idea was not seen through, however, because when Taylor hit Tucson, Arizona, she decided to make it her home. Even though she had managed to escape getting pregnant back in Pittman, she ended up with a small girl ...
  • Taylor And Lou Ann
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    The Bean Trees Taylor (born Marietta) grew up in Pittman, Kentucky, a small rural town where families "had kids just about as fast as they could fall down the well and drown", and a boy with a job as a gas-meter man was considered a "high-class catch". She needs to get out to get ahead and to avoid pregnancy. She succeeds on both counts when she buys a '55 Volkswagen and heads west. She leaves almost everything behind, including her name. (Taylor is the name she adopts when she runs out of gas i...
  • History Of Taylor And Turtle
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    The Bean Trees In the novel The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, many social issues are discussed. One social issue that is addressed is adoption. Adopting a child is an experience that promises to bring great joy as it changes a couple or individual's life forever. Adoption offers a chance at anew beginning for many children previously cared for by orphanages and foster homes. Families constitute the building blocks of society. They provide children with the love and security needed to grow in...
  • Best Mother For Turtle
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    In the sequel, Pigs in Heaven, how does Kingsolver's solution to the problem of where Turtle belongs strike a balance among the needs of the child, Turtle; the needs of the adoptive mother, Taylor; and the needs of the tribe as represented by Annawake Barbara Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven is not only well-written, but ends well also. The struggle Taylor deals with to keep custody of Turtle is the main theme of the novel. Taylor is battling to keep her daughter against Annawake Four killer, an atto...
  • Estevan And Esperanza's Sacrifice
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    There were many sacrificial elements that existed in The Bean Trees. Sacrifices that the characters in the novel made for the benefit of others or themselves. These sacrifices played a role almost as significant as some of the characters in the book. Some prime examples of these sacrifices are Mattie's will to offer sanction to illegal immigrants, the fact that Taylor sacrificed the whole success of her excursion by taking along an unwanted, abused Native-American infant, and Estevan and Esperan...
  • Lou Ann And Taylor
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    When loss is a Gain Barbara Kingsolver makes her characters change and grow through negative experience. The three main character's loses gain them maturity. Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees reveals through the characters Lou Ann, Turtle, and Taylor, that everybody needs to experience some loss before they can mature. When Lou Ann loses Angel she gains independence. She comes across a problem with Angel, her lover, who requests a divorce and then leaves her behind. When he comes back begging ...
  • Arizona With Turtle
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    The Bean Tree Write a composition based on the novel you have studied discussing the basis for and impact of individual choices. What idea does the author develop regarding choices? Living is about making choices. The choices people make shape their lives for better or worse. Even the decision not to choose has its effects, often not wanted. But the individual who chooses to make positive choices and to act accordingly is more likely to see his or her life reflect his or her beliefs and desires....
  • Taylor
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    Have you ever been put into I situation in which you can stay and never prosper or leave, with nothing but mere material possessions? This is the dilemma that is brought forth to Marietta (Taylor) in the novel The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Marietta grew up in Pitman, a small rural town in Kentucky. A town in which families 'had kids just about as fast as they could fall down the well and drown' needless to say not a town where many people would want to live. Marietta was one of these peo...
  • Taylor Leaves Town
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    "The Bean Trees" In The Bean Trees there are lots of themes that add up to a well-made story. One of the more obvious themes is that of immigration and the Underground Railroad that Mattie helps run. Within the book there are also several references to child abuse. Another is that of Teen pregnancy that is introduced early on. This however is not all of the themes that are used, but they are some of the more prominent and reoccurring ones in the novel. One of the themes is teen pregnancy, it how...
  • Example Of Taylor And Turtle
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    Modern Day Families Modern families, while they may contain a different amount of members, or members of a different race, than the stereotypical family, are still an amalgamated unit and have the same love for one another no matter how many people, or of what race certain people are, are in it. In Barbara Kingsolver's novel, the Bean Trees, this is proven many times, especially in the bond shared between Taylor, the novel's unlikely protagonist, and Turtle, the small Native American waif who is...
  • Story Of Taylor And Turtle
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    As a sequel to The Bean Trees Barbara King solvers Pigs in Heaven continues the story of Taylor and Turtle. The main events of the story start at the Hoover Dam where an illegally adopted six-year-old Cherokee kid, Turtle, saved the life of a man who fell off from the dam. This incident brings Turtle and her mother Taylor not only great recognition, but also to the attention of Annawake Fourkiller, a young Cherokee lawyer in Heaven, Oklahoma. Fourkiller finds out that the adoption of Turtle was ...
  • Taylor's New Job
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    Uncertain journeys are numerous in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. Many characters in the novel put their current lives aside to go off in hopes of finding a better one. By embarking on these journeys, the plot lines begin and end with risk taking. Taylor's move away from Pittman and her taking Turtle, Louann not going after her husband, and the many risks of Estevan and Esperanza, create conflicts which drive the plot of The Bean Trees. While growing up Taylor knows that she has no desire ...
  • Taylor's Goal By The Author
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    At the very beginning of the book, in the first chapter, the author makes it very clear that Missy (Taylor), did not want to get pregnant, like all the rest of the girls in Pittman County. In fact it was the last thing on earth that she wanted. Funny thing about that I guess, in that the last thing on earth that she wanted to happen to her, happened to her. After all those years of not having sex, and not wanting to get pregnant, and after all the precautions she took, she ends up with Turtle, a...
  • Turtle And Taylor
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    Turtle and Taylor remain in Oklahoma City while the adoption paperwork clears, and spend time at the library. They learn about the wisteria vines. They do not grow from barren soil; the soil beneath them is fertilized by rhizobia, microscopic bugs with which the wisteria have a symbiotic relationship. Taylor compares the wisteria and rhizobia to the various relationships in the novel. Taylor calls Lou Ann, who tells her that she is now dating a man from Red Hot Mama's, Cameron John, and she reca...
  • Taylor Greer And Lou Ann Ruiz
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    In the second chapter of The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver makes the one significant shift from Taylor's perspective in order to tell the back story of Lou Ann Ruiz. This is one of only two chapters in which Taylor does not appear and does not narrate; breaking from the first person perspective is perhaps the only way for Kingsolver to resolve the problematic dilemma of providing the volumes of information concerning Lou Ann Ruiz. Lou Ann certainly contributes to the pattern of women in the nov...
  • Taylor's Journey Of Self Discovery
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    Barbara Kingsolver's "The Bean Trees' Essay, Research Barbara Kingsolver's "The Bean Trees' The Bean Trees: Lessons in Life "Our paths never would have met if it weren't for a bent rocker arm. ' Such chance meetings are often the very events that turn a person's world upside down and set it on an entirely new course. Taylor Greer, plainclothes heroine of Barbara Kingsolver's first novel The Bean Trees (copyright 1988.232 pages. Softcover, Harper Perennial. $11.00), leaves home to look for a bett...

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