Abandonment in The Bean Trees
Abandonment is a feeling known to many people. There are different types and levels of abandonment. In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, many characters have been introduced to the feeling of abandonment. Abandoning or being abandoned is constant in the novel and Kingsolver uses it to link all of the characters together.
Taylor Greer has lived in Kentucky all her life. Yet, the life available to her in Kentucky is not what she always dreamed of: "none of these sights had so far inspired me to get hogtied to a future as a tobacco farmer's wife" (3). Living with her mother, Taylor becomes more independent and striven to find a better life. Taylor's father disappeared before she could even remember what he looks like: "And for all I ever knew of my own daddy I can't say we weren't except for Mama swearing up and down that he was nobody I knew and was long gone besides" (2). Taylor's father's abandonment contributes to Taylor's dislike in men: "To hear you tell it, you'd think man was only put on this earth to keep urinals from going to waste" (112). She does not trust any men and Kingsolver displays this by not adding many male characters to the novel. Taylor feeling of being abandoned by her father scars her, even thought she does not express it clearly.
Taylor's want and need for a better life than the one she has in Kentucky inspires her to leave. With the money she earns from her job counting blood cells at the Pittman County Hospital, Taylor buys a '55 Volkswagen bug that is falling apart, "In this car I intended to drive out of Pittman County one day and never look back, except maybe for Mama" (10). Taylor's mother wanted the best for her and always expected the best from her;...
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Abandonment plays a major role in Barbara Kingsolver's novel. It links all the characters together. Once one abandons, or is abandoned, they find someone else. They all help each other grow and become stronger. Even with something as horrible and hurtful as abandonment, hope can be found. Taylor explains it perfectly to Turtle when she talks about bean trees, "'There's a whole invisible system for helping out the plant that you'd never guess was there.' I loved this idea. 'It's just the same as with people. The way Edna has Virgie, and Virgie has Edna, and Sandi has Kid Central Station, and everyone has Mattie" (227-228). Everyone is linked together and each person has someone to help. This whole cycle is caused by abandonment. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver shows that can be hope and love found in any situation, even in abandonment.
Abandonment may be physical (the parent is not present in the child's life) or emotional (the parent withholds affection, nurturing, or stimulation)”(Wiki). The author Durrow uses a lot of bird imagery in the other main character Jamie's/Brick's narrative. To clarify, Jamies reported,”I saw a bird, he wanted to say. A great egret in the sky. I saw it swoop down below my window. I wanted to see it land….His eyes saw everything wrong. Shadows, mothers, birds”(Durrow 41). The imagery is prevalent precisely because birds can escape and be free of anything that ails them: they can fly away at any moment. In all of the hardships Rachel faces, she often wishes for these very qualities. Similarly, the birds, then, end up symbolizing Rachel's dreams and hope that is weighed down by sadness at the loss of her family. Rachel dreams and hopes of fitting in. In other words, when Rachel's mother and siblings’ fall, they look like birds at first. In details Rachel said,”We take small steps toward the edge. Closer. Closer. The way people look at us. The things that people say. She will protect us from these things too. We are closer still. We fall. Robbie, Mor, Ariel, Then me. As a family, we fall. Hance, it looks as though Rachel's hopes and dreams have died, from that moment on her only role model left, and so she begins to feel abandoned child
When Taylor and Lou Ann meet, they form a symbiotic relationship and fill the missing gaps in each others lives. Once the two women move in with each other, Lou Ann fills Taylor’s missing gap of motherly experience and opens her eyes to a life full of responsibilities. Lou Ann is soft, motherly, and worrisome. Because of the fact that she is afraid of almost everything, she fits perfectly into the worrying mother role in she and Taylor’s relationship. “For Lou Ann, life itself was a life-threatening enterprise. Nothing on earth was truly harmless.” (112) This shows how Lou Ann looks at the bad side of many things in life and how each things serves as a threat to her and her baby. We see Taylor go through a major transition from confident and stubborn to tenderhearted and doubtful. After Turtle’s terrible incident, Taylor constantly blames herself for what happened. “At night I lay listening to noises outside, listening to Turtle breathe, thinking: she could have been killed. So easily she could be dead right now.” (228) This shows how she now worries about things just as much as Lou Ann used to. Taylor
Taylor's fears In the story, The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingslover, we see a character named Taylor overcome several fears that she has. Taylor Greer, a woman who once saw a man being thrown several feet up into the air shortly after his tractor tire blew up, never really liked tires. She always seemed to think that the same thing might happen to her if she ever did something like, overfilling it too much with air. Her mom, who was fairly normal, decided to test Taylor's tire-changing skills shortly after she bought her ‘55 Volkswagen.
Taylor Greer had been running away from premature pregnancy her entire life. Afraid that she would wind up just another hick in Pittman County, she left town and searched for a new life out West. On her way getting there, she acquires Turtle, an abandoned three-year-old Native American girl. Taylor knows that keeping Turtle is a major responsibility, being that she was abandoned and abused. Yet, Taylor knows that she is the best option that Turtle has, as far as parental figures go. "Then you are not the parent or guardian?’…. ‘Look,’ I said. ‘I’m not her real mother, but I’m taking care of her now. She’s not with her original family anymore." (Kingsolver 162) As the story progresses, Taylor accepts Turtle as part of life. This sacrifice later turns into a blessing.
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