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THe Bean Trees

The Bean Trees


Uncertain journeys are numerous in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. Many characters in
the novel put their current lives aside to go off in hopes of finding a better one. By
embarking on these journeys, the plot lines begin and end with risk taking. Taylor's move
away from Pittman and her taking Turtle, Louann not going after her husband, and the many
risks of Estevan and Esperanza, create conflicts which drive the plot of The Bean Trees.

While growing up Taylor knows that she has no desire to live the life of the average young
girl from Pittman. She says, "Mama always said barefoot and pregnant was not my style."(3)
Taylor finally decided to take a risk, she left her home and everything that she had known
since growing up and started her old ‘55 Volkswagen out on the road for a new life.
While in Oklahoma, Taylor recieved an Indian child from a woman claiming that the child's
mom had died and that the baby girl had no one else. Taylor named the baby "Turtle" and
headed out with her and risks that went with raising a baby. Finally settling in Arizona,
Taylor had driven across the country with little money and taken a baby she knew nothing
about. As if the risks weren't enough already, the search for a job and a place to live
were still ahead. Taylor finally found a room she loved, a room mate Louann, and, a job
ironically in a local tire business.

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