The Bean Trees Essay

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The Bean Trees

Differences in Characters In "The Bean Trees," by Barbara Kingsolver, readers are given the chance to see how two characters that have completely different lifestyles come together and deal with everyday problems, family relationships, and motherhood. Lou Ann chose a lifestyle that would cause her to get married, have a baby and move away right after high school. On the other hand Taylor did everything in her power not to end up living that lifestyle, and
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Eventually Taylor motivates Lou Ann to have self-confidence and try hard to get a job and she notices differences in her character "I was liking Lou Ann a great deal these days. In a few weeks since she started working she had begun to cut her hair far less often… having a job seemed to even out some of Lou Ann's wrinkled edges. Motivation and support played a big role in creating these characters personalities. The reader really gets to see the difference in characters and also how combining the personalities changed their lifestyles. Family relationships played a big role in creating these characters. Lou Ann and Taylor both came from small cities in Kentucky but they were raised differently. Lou Ann moved to get married and raise a family but her mother disapproved for the wrong reasons, "she disliked him because he was Mexican P26" Taylor never wanted to live the lifestyle that Lou Ann had Taylor's mom said "barefoot and

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