The Bean Trees
Thriving With Support
In order to succeed and have a happy, fulfilled life one needs something or someone to help support and encourage them to grow. In Barbara Kingsolver?s novel, The Bean Trees, she creates an implicit argument that a human being cannot thrive in isolation. Each character is strong in their own way but they still need someone by their side they can depend on and someone to depend on them. To thrive and prosper in life, one must have that added support to help find the true meaning of life and keep hope that there is something or someone to love and live for.
Taylor Greer is on an adventure to find a new identity for herself. In her hometown, which is in Kentucky, she does everything she can to not get pregnant and be stuck in a farmer town like all the other high schools girls ended up being. ?Believe me in those days the girls were dropping by the wayside like seeds off a poppy seed bun? (Kingsolver pg.3). Ironically though, on Taylor?s journey, she is given a small Indian child she eventually names Turtle. The two
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