Taylor In The Bean Trees

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In the novel The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, the main protagonist, Taylor, realizes the existence of kindness among strangers she has met in bitter society by finding her family in Tucson. Furthermore, she has acquired maternal qualities through taking care of her daughter Turtle and also through the influence of how others have treated her with friendliness. The novel begins with Taylor determining to move out from her hometown in Kentucky after realizing most of the young women around her age becomes pregnant in the end, which describes her initial character that does not regard friendly relations between strangers. Taylor then meets her daughter, Turtle, and shows images of unskilled mother that demonstrates her effort to act motherly …show more content…
When Taylor first received Turtle from an Indian woman, she exemplifies her image of an unskilled mother by not knowing how to take care of Turtle. However, currently, Taylor shows the frustration of herself that she did not provide Turtle with enough safety and claims that she is not a worthy mother. She further describes Turtle’s eyes have returned back to the fearful looks that she first saw when Turtle and she first met. The frustration of Taylor implies Taylor have tried to improve Turtle’s ill mental condition by acting as a protective mother. Taylor’s maternal qualities are further characterizes when Lou Ann describes Taylor that she is not like what she used to be when they first met. Lou Ann’s description implies that Taylor has developed into more maternal parent from a skeptical young woman. Taylor’s change of personality characterizes the peak of maternal qualities of her and portrays the developed herself from the …show more content…
Taylor has gone through many incidents since she left from Kentucky where she did not consider any friendly relationship between strangers. She came to realize the importance of families when she received help from Esteban and Esperanza in the process of issuing a legal document for Turtle’s custody. However, she also helped them to settle down in Oklahoma and protected them from being deported. Based on this symbiotic relation between them, Taylor learns that they are a family and Tucson is their home. Furthermore, Taylor explicitly claims that Tucson is her and Turtle’s home, which describes that Taylor’s view and personality have changed to view the family as a crucial factor of her life. By acknowledging Tucson as her home and gaining the custody of Turtle, Taylor changes her personality and realizes that families exist to help its member’s

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