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Motherhood In Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

793 words - 4 pages

Motherhood in The Bean Trees


In the novel, The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, we watch as Taylor grows a great deal. This young woman takes on a huge commitment of caring for a child that doesn't even belong to her. The friends that she acquired along the way help teach her about love and responsibility, and those friends become family to her and Turtle. Having no experience in motherhood, she muddles through the best she can, as all mothers do.


Marietta was raised in a small town in Kentucky. When she became an adult, she decided she needed a change. She wanted a different name and a different place to call home. She got in her Volkswagon, started driving, and on ...view middle of the document...

I understand that Turtle was just dropped in Taylor's lap, but I still think Turtle deserved to have more attention given to her than she did. I would have liked Turtle to have been the child that was taken from the refugees, the refugee woman showed her so much love. "I couldn't have taken her from Esperanza. If she had asked I couldn't have said no"(288). I think they would have loved her much more.


What I liked about the story was how interesting the end was, I could not put it down. I had to find out if Taylor decided to keep the child. Taylor's friendship with LouAnn was a nice addition to the story, they helped each other out in different ways. Taylor was a strong independent person, anyone who would leave their home town with no idea where they were going, and in a vehicle with no starter, is a pretty determined person. Although I admired Taylor's character, Turtle was what kept me wanting to read more, wanting to know why she never moved or made a sound. "After awhile I began to wonder if perhaps she was dead"(27). I was glad when Taylor finally took her to the...

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