The Bean Trees Taylor Character Analysis Essay

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The Bean Trees: Character Analysis Taylor Greer is the primary protagonist of the adventurous tale taking place throughout multiple states in America, The Bean Trees. Taylor is girl from a town of simpletons, and she wants to escape that and live freely somewhere else. The Bean Trees is written by Barbra Kingsolver, an acclaimed author, and the story is about Taylor and her life after leaving a small town in Kentucky to find happiness. Taylor is a very complex person with a number of defining characteristics such as devotion, strength, and affection that make it possible for her to have such a mediocre story. Whether or not she wants to be, Taylor has proven herself to be a very devoted person to what she feels is important or to …show more content…
Taylor is also a tough girl, she’s very strong, and she demonstrates this numerous times whether she needs to or not and nothing is going to stop her from getting what she wants. When her friends are insulted by an ignorant old lady name Virgie Mae Parsons, Taylor gets very upset. She tells the reader “I felt like I’d sat on a bee. If Mama hadn’t brought me up to do better, I think I would have told that old snake to put down her fork and get her backside out the door.”(Kingsolver 107). To understand the relation between that quote and strength, you need to view strength as not only physical toughness, but the ability to control yourself which in its own right is a more important strength to have. Taylor manages to keep her composure and walk off into another room, meaning she didn’t blow her top at the old lady for being an ignorant racist, and that takes some serious strength. Taylor has had her moments of weakness too, but they’re only short lived. Taylors’ friend Lou Ann told her “This one is worth half a dozen of you, packed up in a box and gift wrapped.”(Kingsolver 176). Lou Ann was explaining to Taylor how she was so strong and worth this much of a girl that Lou Ann used to know. After being encouraged by her friend Lou Ann, Taylor finally got herself back

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