Poem Analysis: The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver

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PASSAGE: “I have been afraid of putting an air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine’s father over the top of the Standard Oil Sign.” (pg. 1.Barabara Kingsolver)
RESPONSE: This was the first sentence of The Bean Trees. I honestly didn’t know what to think. Personally, I had to reread the sentence a few times to believe it. The first sentence of a book sets the tone of the story. I enjoyed it at one hand because it wasn’t the cliché “once upon a time” beginning, but on the other hand, I was apprehensive of what the author would do next. I didn’t want to hear about guts and grime because a guy was shot over an oil sign by a tire! In a way, I think the “attention grabbing” first
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63.Barbara Kingsolver)
RESPONSE: This is a passage when Taylor is talking to an artist about her artwork I find this to be an interesting statement by the artist. I think that it is impossible for art not to represent something. You have to be thinking of something as you create art. I think that everything that comes from our minds represent something. I don’t think that the human mind is capable of not thinking. I don’t know why the author put this interaction with the artist into the book. I don’t think anything is stressed or developed through this meeting. Maybe it was to set the tone of the town or to make all of Taylor’s friends look really friendly.

PASSAGE: “He was standing close enough behind her so she could smell the faint. sweet smell of beer on his breath.” (pg. 85.Barbara Kingsolver)
RESPONSE: I find this to be a detail that I think help characterizes characterize Angel. This little smell makes me think of Angel as a sad man who depends on alcohol to ease his pain. I also think it is interesting that the author describes beer as smelling sweet. I am fairly sure that beer is made of wheat or barley or some kind of

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