Bean Trees Essays

  • The Bean Trees

    1133 Words  | 3 Pages

    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

  • Abandonment in The Bean Trees

    1170 Words  | 3 Pages

    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

  • Bildungsroman In The Bean Trees

    973 Words  | 2 Pages

    In Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Bean Trees, Taylor Greer tries to escape turning out like everyone else in Pittman County; she has dreams of becoming something besides a teenage bride or a high school drop out. The Bean Trees, a perfect representation of an authentic Bildungsroman portrays someone who undergoes a life altering change, which will in turn send them on their way to becoming a full fledged adult. Karl Morgenstern coined the word bildungsroman, which means novel of formation in German

  • The Bean Trees Analysis

    1158 Words  | 3 Pages

    knew she wanted to be a writer after she graduated but didn't know how she could make a living off of it. While pregnant with her daughter, Camille, Kingsolver suffered from insomnia, a condition that actually helped her write her first novel, “The Bean Trees”, which was somewhat based on her own life. Although the author protects her name undoubtedly, she still considers getting rid of it even though she needs to carry it on because it is who she is, but also it is keeping her

  • Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

    942 Words  | 2 Pages

    In Barbara Kingsolver’s, The Bean Trees, several of the main characters encountered issues concerning immigration, the American Dream, and racial prejudice. Quite often, these themes parallel events that took place in American history, thus making The Bean Trees a retelling of the story of America. The United States of America is a country started from a “promiscuous breed… of English, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes.” (Crévecoeur 7). This fact makes the concept of racial prejudice

  • The Bean Trees

    706 Words  | 2 Pages

    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 did really like 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

  • The Bean Trees Character Analysis

    1302 Words  | 3 Pages

    Juliette Williams Mr. Gracyk English 11: A Block 20 September 2015 Meaningful Names Over the summer, St. Francis High School juniors were required to read Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. The protagonist of the novel, Marietta Greer, who is also known as Missy, lives with her mother, Alice Greer, in Pittman County, Kentucky. During high school, Missy is hired for a job at Pittman County Hospital. Within the first few years she worked at the hospital, Missy saves up enough money to buy a '55

  • The Bean Trees

    506 Words  | 2 Pages

    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 Esperanza’s

  • Literature Analysis: The Bean Trees

    660 Words  | 2 Pages

    Kentucky. The novel, The Bean Trees, written by Barbara Kingsolver, follows Taylor's story of growing up, leaving home, and accepting responsibility. Along the way Taylor is given a child, Turtle, and she struggles with accepting the responsibility of raising a child. Kingsolver's choices for point of view, setting, conflict, theme, characterization, and style throughout the plot help create an uplifting story about love and what it means to be a family. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver is a

  • Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

    605 Words  | 2 Pages

    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

  • The Bean Trees Character Analysis

    735 Words  | 2 Pages

    discrimination and limited social and economic opportunities. Therefore, it is vital that women try to assist and support each other. The role of women in The Bean Trees is of a disadvantaged group that finds success despite the obstacles men and society have created for them, thereby proving women’s strength, especially as they band together. Women in The Bean Trees are characterized as socially inferior to men because they lack professional and educational opportunities. The central character, Taylor Greer,

  • Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

    1057 Words  | 3 Pages

    Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees It has often been suggested that some southwestern literature is based on the experiences of others. With this suggestion, it has been demonstrated that these experiences are incorporated with the intention of portraying the experiences of others as a learning tool; for both the reader and the writer. Some may also imply that literature, therefore, may impose a learning opportunity in itself. In correspondence with this belief, it must be suggested that the

  • The Bean Trees Character Analysis

    511 Words  | 2 Pages

    Turtle In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, three characters in particular undergo a catharsis, each in their own way: Esperanza, Turtle, and Taylor. This paper will focus on Turtle showing the suffering and difficulties,she has undergone and how through a catharsis, this suffering was ameliorated. Turtle is different from the characters in the story because she is in her very early years of development and has already experienced so much suffering and has gone through so much so early on

  • Passage Of Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

    693 Words  | 2 Pages

    This passage in the novel The Bean Trees is complex, symbolic, and significant. It starts with a storm arriving towards Taylor and her friends while they observe the event. A storm can symbolize negativity or a cleansing of emotions. Despite the rainstorm, Taylor and the others are surprisingly in a joyous mood, dancing around with each other. The characters feel a relief from all that has happened, including Esperanza, who attempts to commit a suicide in the previous chapters. On the first few chapters

  • Gender Differences In The Bean Trees

    1223 Words  | 3 Pages

    only possible because women decided to unite and stand together. The novel, The Bean Trees, displays an excellent representation of how important a woman’s relationship is with another female. Every human being needs to have some kind of relationship in order to maintain a healthy well-being. Someone who is there to give support and guidance is an important ingredient to one’s life recipe. The women in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, show very generous support towards one another. The best

  • Transformations in "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver

    1418 Words  | 3 Pages

    When thinking of birds, visualizing them building their nests in cacti certainly isn't the first thing that comes to mind. In the book, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, metaphorically everyone is constantly building their nests in cacti, and evolving from their experiences. From living in attics to taking trips across the country with no destination, characters in this book don't live what society considers the “conventional American lifestyle.” Growing and thriving in unexpected and unusual

  • Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

    735 Words  | 2 Pages

    The Bean Trees written by Barbara Kingsolver narrates the improbable journey of Taylor, a young woman from Kentucky, who quite suddenly finds herself thrust into parenthood to a tormented and abused Native-American baby in Tuscon, Arizona. Along the way, Taylor moves in with a confused and insecure single mother Lou-Ann and feeds off the courage and bravery of her next-door neighbor and employer Mattie. In addition to tackling parenthood, she finds herself immersed in the heartbreaking story of

  • Analysis Of Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

    1561 Words  | 4 Pages

    “I had come to Arizona expecting an endless sea of sand dunes . . . But this desert was nothing like that. There were bushes and trees and weeds here, exactly the same as anywhere else, except that the colors were different and everything alive had thorns” (Kingsolver 217). This quote, from Barbara Kingsolver's, The Bean Trees, describes the Arizona landscape that is abounding in life even in the absence of water. Central to the novel, the theme of surviving in a harsh environment is intrinsic to

  • Immigration Quotes From The Bean Trees

    1170 Words  | 3 Pages

    Since the creation of the United States, there have been several enormous waves of immigration into the country. Many people come here to pursue the freedom they have always craved. In the book, The Bean Trees, this is a familiar concept to the characters Estevan and Esperanza. They have migrated from Guatemala all the way to the state of Arizona where they will meet the protagonist, Taylor. Throughout the story Taylor learns the couple’s struggle of being undocumented immigrants in the United States

  • Survival in The Bean Trees

    3064 Words  | 7 Pages

    Survival in The Bean Trees In 1859, Charles Darwin published his most famous work, On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection (Encarta 96). This book explained Darwin's theory of natural selection, a process not unlike separating the wheat from the chaff, where the least fit are eliminated, and only the fittest survive. An extension of this theory known as Social Darwinism emerged in the late 19th century. "Social Darwinists believed that people, like animals and plants, compete