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Comparing Kingsolver's The Bean Trees And The Gift Of The Magi

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Almost everyone, at some point in their life, has faced a situation in which they have had to choose between two things that they truly want. This common ordeal is met by the main characters in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry during their pursuits of happiness. The fact that the characters must surrender something important to them in order to achieve happiness, shows that you can not have everything you want, therefore suggesting that sacrifice is necessary for happiness. The characters in the short stories are not able to have everything they want since they must choose between two things of significant importance to them. To illustrate, in The Bean Trees, Taylor’s happiness comes from escaping Kentucky
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