A stranger gave her a three year old Indian child to take care of, who she names Turtle. The two finally settle down in Tucson, where they live with a single mom who is also from a small town in Kentucky. Taylor works for a woman who hides political refugees in her home, and Taylor becomes good friends with two of them. These two refugees act as Turtle's parents and sign over custody to Taylor, so that Turtle could become her daughter legally. Taylor was very unsure about whether or not she would be a good mom, but in the end she realizes that Turtle belongs with her, and that Tucson is home.
Within the novel Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, the reader is introduced to a young women named Marietta, Missy, and she later on renames herself Taylor. Taylor story is much like a coming of age story, and she many new lessons along the roads of life. She learns how to deal with unforeseen troubles, phobias, and the many forms of love, and because these inner actions she learned to see a new outlook on life.>>>> Taylor started off as a young country girl in Pittman Country, and was traumatized by the mishap of Newt Hardbine's fathers over fulled tire incident. Taylor said "a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. (1) Kingsolver" It was more than enough to in steel an internal fear of tires.
Running Head: THE BEAN TREES Abstract This book report deal with the Native American culture and how a girl named Taylor got away from what was expected of her as a part of her rural town in Pittman, Kentucky. She struggles along the way with her old beat up car and gets as far west as she can. Along the way she take care of an abandoned child which she found in the backseat of her car and decides to take care of her. She end up in a town outside Tucson and soon makes friends which she will consider family in the end. Historical Context From as early as the time of the early European settlers, Native Americans have suffered tremendously.
Kingsolver organizes the book by first introducing us to Taylor's unique individuality and then combining that with the community ideal. The first chapter of the book takes place in Kentucky where Taylor lives with her mother. Through the incidents in Taylor's early life, we come to recognize her strong resolve to be individual. In her book Barbara Kingsolver A Critical Companion, Mary Jean DeMarr agrees with me when she tells us Taylor is "a strong character who usually knows what she wants and what she wants to do and goes about getting and doing it" (45). Taylor refers to herself when she was younger, along with a neighbor boy, as "dirty-kneed kids scrapping to beat hell and trying to land on our feet" (TBT 2).
As she often credits her great aunt, Lois Harjo, with teaching her about her Indian identity, this name change may have helped her to solidify her public link with this heritage. Although primarily known as a poet, Harjo conceives of herself as a visual artist. She left Oklahoma at age 16 to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, originally studying painting. After attending a reading by poet Simon Ortiz, she changed her major to poetry. At 17, she returned to Oklahoma to give birth to her son, Phil Dayn, walking four blocks while in labor to the Indian hospital in Talequah.
Sal seems to be rushing her grandparents to arrive in Idaho, because it’s her mother’s birthday on the estimated day of arrival. Constance says, “Sal is anxious to arrive in Lewiston by her mother’s birthday, but, a hundred miles east, Gram Hiddle has a stroke and is hospitalized” (Constance). Grandpa Hiddle notices Gram’s gray skin and knows something is wrong. He takes her to the hospital but knows Sal must go on to see her mother. “Gramps gives Sal money and the car keys, and Sal drives carefully, as Gramps had taught her, to Lewiston Hill” (Constance).
Kayla Smith Mrs. Sullivan American Literature College Prep 4 May 2016 Coming of Age in Little Women Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an example of Jo March 's coming of age. Jo March experiences love, loss and the struggles of family life as a young woman. Her character is set apart from other characters because she lives her own way in the world. In this work, the journey of the main character transitions from childhood to womanhood which is shown through literature. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an example of Jo March’s coming of age as can be seen through moral lessons, family values and loving relationships that she experiences.
Mother and Daughter Relationship Exposed in Joyce Carol Oates' Short Story, Shopping The relationship between a mother and a daughter is one of complications, heartaches, and sweet rewards. This is no exception between Nola and Mrs. Dietrich, characters in "Shopping" by Joyce Carol Oates. The tribulations of their relationship are shown during their annual shopping trip. In the time spent together, Nola is obviously trying to break free from her mother and become her own woman. This coming-of-age path is expressed by her "private thoughts" and "answers in monosyllables" (Oates 834).
Lou Ann starts to thrive because of the help and support of taylor who in this case is the rhizobia. People change you in so many ways that you might not even realize it. Turtle was probably changed the most by her new family and friends. At the beginning of the book she would not dare to say a word however by the end of the book she was singing. After Taylor had shown Turtle the adoption papers she just nodded her head and they were on their way Taylor was paying attention to Turtle and Kingsolver writes: “She watched the dark highway and entertained me with her vegetable soup song, except that now there were people mixed in with the beans and potatoes: Dwayne Ray, Mattie, Esperanza, Lou Ann and all the rest.
Is the revival of an ancestor’s heritage worth it? In the short story “Everyday Use” Alice Walker describes a time Dee comes home to visit her family, her mom, and her sister, Maggie. When Dee arrives she quickly announces that she changed her name to reflect her African heritage. This sets up a struggle between Dee and her family over whose heritage more accurately describes them. During the struggle Dee’s mom realizes that she has a history of giving Dee everything she asks for at Maggie’s expense.