Essay on The Bean Trees

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The Bean Trees is a novel which shows Taylor’s maturation; it is a bildungsroman story. Taylor is a developing or dynamic character. Her moral qualities and outlook undergo a permanent change. When the novel begins, Taylor is an independent-minded young woman embarking on an adventure to a new world. She has no cares or worries. She is confident in her abilities, and is determined to make it through life on her own. As she discovers new things and meets new people, Taylor is exposed to the realities of the world. She learns about the plight of abandoned children and of illegal immigrants. She learns how to give help and how to depend upon the help of others. As she interacts with others, those people are likewise affected by Taylor. The …show more content…
She says that they are not a “‘family’”; they each have their “‘own life to live’” (94). Taylor is a strong-natured person and does not let anything stand in her way. Though she decides to leave her name-choosing to chance, she pushes the fuel of the car until it takes her all the way to Taylorville. She would rather not be named after Homer, Illinois. At the Indian Reservation, Taylor warns the Indian boys not to take anything from her car, since she has a “Polaroid memory” and will report them (16). Inside the restaurant, she retaliates when one of the men makes fun of her for “‘being busted’” (18). She slides the ketchup bottle back against his beer mug. Taylor refuses to be messed with. However, Taylor begins to change when she is given the child. She learns how to accept responsibility and also how to depend on others. She tells the Indian lady who hands her the baby that if she “‘wanted a baby [she] should have stayed in Kentucky’” (20). Taylor has half a mind to go back into the bar and leave the child there for either one of the two men. However, Taylor feels obliged to keep the child and to care for it. She had originally planned to sleep in her car, but now that she has a “wet, cold kid”, she must look for a motel. Since she cannot afford a room, she volunteers to work for her stay. Taylor is beginning to learn how to care for others and that she must depend on others to meet her needs. Taking care of Turtle

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