The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver Essay

1611 Words Dec 18th, 2015 7 Pages
Immigrants in America
My mother, an immigrant from Romania, came to America when she was in her mid-twenties. She knew that America would be better for her because of the injustices she suffered in Communist Romania. Although they are not as violent, such injustices were still present in America. Her accent and dress were mocked, she was told to leave the country, and few Americans would befriend her. Most immigrants must endure unfair treatment. The Bean Trees, written by Barbara Kingsolver, is a story set primarily in Arizona that follows two main characters: Taylor Greer and Lou Ann Ruiz. The two girls are subjected to injustice everywhere, whether it is through the poverty in the town where they live or the strip club near their grocery store. In the book, Taylor and Lou Ann were introduced to two immigrants from Guatemala, Estevan and Esperanza, that greatly shaped their perception of an immigrant’s life in America and how immigrants are treated. Estevan and Esperanza endured numerous instances of intolerance and racism, which reflects how immigrants are treated in modern American society. In the book The Bean Trees, the author Barbara Kingsolver uses elements of fiction to reflect injustice in American society by showing immigrants are despised and not fully accepted.
One reason immigrants are rejected in American society is because Americans believe they are already well off and don’t need the help of immigrants. Like most Americans, Virgie, a character in the book,…

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