Compare and Contrast Essay Authors possess many different techniques when writing their novels. The Bean Trees and East of Eden are examples of two similar, but contrasting books. One focuses on find oneself through motherhood, while the other literary work is centered around good and evil. Both Kingsolver and Steinbeck’s novels acknowledge the battle between finding oneself, but include different writing techniques, tones, and diction. Both novels revolve around self-identity, use different tones, and control different techniques and writing styles. In The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver writes about Taylor, a girl trying to find herself in this big world. She leaves home, starting a new life with a new name and identity. As she ventures out to find an accepting community, she comes to an understanding of what love really is. Both Taylor and Turtle, you ‘daughter’ want to forget about their past and start a new beginning. As Taylor realizes that being a mother is harder than she realized, she is uncertain whether or not she wants to keep Turtle. “‘Will you look at that,’ I said. It was another miracle” (Kingsolver), here, Taylor is agreeing with Turtle about a bean tree growing. The significance of this quote is that miracles are happening in Taylor’s life. Turtle symbolizes the bean tree growing in an ugly park, just like Turtle was received in an ugly parking lot. At first, the plant looks unfit for the park, making it gloomy, just like Turtle had burdened Taylor’s life, but as Taylor sees the bean tree as a miracle, later, she sees Turtle as an important asset in her life. So, as Taylor becomes open to the idea of keeping Turtle, she gains self-identity. The ongoing conflict between good and evil in Steinbeck’s East of Eden novel is very apparent. Between brothers, there is a balance between good and evil controlling and influencing their lives. Aron and Caleb, two brothers, find themselves battling against their predestination. Caleb, a cruel, sneaky
In Part 4 of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, the character Lee is one of the most important characters in determining the final path of the story, because of the influence he has on seemingly every major character and his role in introducing the novel’s key themes. When first meeting Lee in the story he creates the impression of a one dimensional character. He is introduced as Adam’s dutiful servant and speaks a hard to understand pidgin English dialect. However, this first impressions of Lee couldn't….
manages to overcome her weaknesses and start a new way of life and while traveling she obtains a small Indian child (whom she subsequently names Turtle) who would later prove to have a huge impact on the course of her life. Throughout the novel, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, one discovers Taylor and Turtle’s process to obtain a better life: to escape, to seek a new way of life and to discover oneself by depending on one another. Symbols constantly present inside of the storyline appear as subtle….
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“Before that exact moment I don’t believe I had given much thought to the future” (2).
Throughout the entire novel, Taylor did not think very far into the future. If she would have done this more often her life could have been so much different. For example if she wasn’t so tired when Turtle was dropped off into her car by a random stranger, maybe she would have went back into the restaurant and asked to call the police. Of course keeping the child made her get attached over time….
and integrity. On the contrary, evil is defined as pertaining to immorality, malevolence, and dishonorable actions. Although there are widely accepted definitions of good and evil, the final decision is up to the person facing the situation. In East of Eden, John Steinbeck believed that one can only be deemed good or evil after the person has died, however I find that belief to be faulty. As independent thinkers, individuals cannot and should not be defined as solely good or evil. Even though individuals….
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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….
Published in September of 1952, East of Eden deplores many religious matters, specifically, the concepts of sibling rivalry and the age old battle between good and evil. In the biblical Book of "Genesis," the brothers Cain and Abel offer God "the father" a sacrifice. God favors the shepherd Abel's sacrifice of his best lamb over the farmer Cain's grain. Subsequently, in a jealous rage, Cain kills his brother Abel, only to be marked by God and banished to wander the earth. Stanford dropout, John Steinbeck….
Literary Analysis of East of Eden
The Author and His/ Her Times: The author of East of Eden is John Steinbeck. Steinbeck was born in Salinas California, one of the settings in East of Eden. His mother, a former school teacher, and helped him build his passion for reading and the written word. He speaks of her and her family in his book. They play a vital role in the progression of the book.
Many of Steinbeck’s novels could be classified as social novels. His novels usually deal with economic problems….
Sometimes we feel hopeless, unable to believe in ourselves, and we come close to quitting. It is then that we need a friend, someone that can be there for us in our times of need to support and keep pushing us to maximize our potential. In The Bean Trees, Taylor is faced with multiple adversities, and struggles to overcome them when she finds herself alone. Through her novel, Kingsolver illustrates with character development and dialogues how Taylor must form solid bonds with others in order to….
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….
Throughout the novel, Kingsolver focuses on family as a major theme. Taylor ends up with Turtle, and together they form a family. When they move in with Lou Ann and her son, their family grows. Neither Taylor nor Lou Ann can afford much; by sharing expenses, they help each other survive difficult times. Lou Ann considers Taylor and Turtle family because they'd "been through hell and high water together" and because they know "each other's good and bad sides, stuff nobody else knows." Taylor and Lou….