The Bean Trees

Topics: Barbara Kingsolver, Girl, The Bean Trees Pages: 2 (845 words) Published: April 4, 2011
In the book The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, there is a young girl named Taylor who did not want to be like the typical girls from Kentucky. She wanted to go and get out of the small town. She got in her old beat up car and traveled throughout the United States, until she landed in Arizona. When she was there she not only had to deal with herself, but she now had a little girl who she named Turtle. This was not her daughter; instead someone she barely knew handed her off to Taylor. Turtle was not your average toddler, she was what some people call retarded or slow, but Taylor did not even notice that, all she saw was a little girl in need of help. Even though Taylor could not give Turtle a life of riches, she knew she could at least do better than before. Throughout the rest of the book Taylor experiences many events that portray evil.

"Turtle's main goal in life, other than hanging on to things, seemed to be to pass unnoticed” (81). Turtle was a mentally slow child. When she was given to Taylor the woman said that her mother had died and that the little girl had no home. Taylor was just being a good person and taking Turtle, so that she could live in a better place. Once she had Turtle she took her back to the hotel and gave her a bath. When she did she realized that the black and blue marks on her body was not just dirt, but bruises. Taylor had grown up in a loving house with a loving mother who taught her the necessities of life. Seeing Turtle and beat up and scared broke Taylor’s heart. "There was a cactus with bushy arms and a coat of yellow spines as thick as fur.  A bird had built her nest in it.  In and out she flew among the horrible spiny branches, never once hesitating.  You just couldn't imagine how she'd made a home in there” (130). Which makes Turtle’s new life, not glamorous, but a lot better than it could have been.

Turtle was not the only person in Taylor’s life. There were two immigrants that were friends of hers they were Esperanza...
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