The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver Essay

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In The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver uses characters and symbols to show that families are not genetically made up, rather built from love and support. As Kingsolver establishes the dynamic roles of Taylor Greer upon meeting Turtle and Lou Ann Ruiz throughout the novel, she also includes the symbolic significance of the rhizobia to illuminate the message of The Bean Trees.
Kingsolver structures Taylor’s dynamic behaviors in ways that explain the definition of family. She appeals to the reader that Taylor’s conservative yet caring personality allowed her to determine what an abandoned Indian child means in her life. Kingsolver incorporates this shift of personality in order to appeal to the reader that a loving family isn’t made up of genes rather love and care. When Taylor left Kentucky, she carried the goal of avoiding pregnancy or, in another word, family along with her. Taylor described herself as “useless,” (81) and considered herself “crazy to think that whisking Turtle away from the Cherokee Nation was doing her a favor” (81). Taylor thought one’s well-being was impacted by no other but blood relatives, similar to how Taylor’s confidence and self-esteem were high due to her mother’s praises, even if they weren’t truthful. Taylor always accepted her mother’s praises because she thought her mother was always right (236). Likewise, she’d thought Turtle’s development would nourish better from the nurture of her birth relatives. However, Taylor later realizes the impact

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