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Extended essay-The bean trees

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The effects of motifs on character development in Barbera Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. Extended Essay, English A1 Word count: 3, 611 Sara Gelibet 8/18/2009 Abstract This essay examines the way each individual character develops emotionally while being portrayed through other animals, characters and plants in Barbera Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. Focusing mainly on the three important characters: Taylor, Turtle and Lou Ann who have the most extravagant transformations. Taylor, a young girl looking to find her own path in life, leaves town to avoid all the disagreeable affairs surrounding her. Throughout the novel she is able to look past her opinion of men and raise a new life although that was what she was trying to run away from. Turtle, the young girl who was brought up into this world has run into more horrible things than most people encounter in their lifetimes. She is introduced to make a strong point about how women are born a burden already as it is because of their gender. Despite all these horrible actions drawn upon this young life, Turtle manages to emotionally grow the most, which is often represented by birds. Lou Ann, their great friend which Taylor and Turtle encounter, becomes family towards the end. She would always have a very negative view of herself and would never speak up. Most of her voice seemed to be taken away once her husband left her. Once she is finally able to gain her own independence we begin to see the original Lou Ann again, strong, confident woman who is finally able to stand up for her own opinion. From Kingsolver's novel, one can draw that no matter how bad life seems there is always a better way of looking at it and one is able to get by optimistically. Word count: 272 Characters are what make novels what they are, without them; there would be no way to express what the author of the novel is trying to say. ...read more.

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When she is mentioned by her parents we can see the pain in which they have to have let her go due to political corruption: A god damn hook. He was looking away from me again. Sometimes, after a while, usually.... These children are adopted.15Although Turtle was abandoned, she continues to strive throughout the novel; however there is a crescendo foreshown when Taylor is out of the house and she witnesses a snake in the dessert: I didn't know they could get up in trees, I said. Sure, they'll {rattle snakes} climb. After birds' eggs.16 This symbolizes that as soon as Turtle has managed to grown strong like a tree, she is still going to be attacked by an invader; hence the bird's eggs symbolizing Turtle. This soon after is proven when Turtle gets attacked in the park by a pedophile, she is back into the same state she was in the beginning of the novel. "Open the screen door, I commanded Virgie. It's locked, you have to flip that little latch. Now hold it open. Slowly I moved in on the terrified bird, which clinging sideways to the screen. You could see its little heart beating through the feathers. I had heard of birds having heart attacks from fright. Easy does it, I said. Easy, we're not going to hurt you, we just want to set you free. The sparrow darted off the screen, made a loop back towards the hallway, then flew through the open screen door into the terrible night." 17 Turtle's fear is again portrayed through a bird, as soon as they get back home; a bird flies into the chimney and is very frightened. It is clinging to everything it can just like Turtle is clinging to Edna's sleeve. It has a hard time being helped out of the house, since it thinks that Taylor and Virgie are going to hurt it, however once they set it free Turtle begins to feel much more secure, Taylor has managed to save her again just like she saved the bird. ...read more.

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7 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p.17) 8 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p.20) 9 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p.23) 10 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p.95-96) 11 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 124) 12 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 97) 13 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 93) 14 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 136) 15 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 136) 16 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 164) 17 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 168) 18 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 210) 19 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 132) 20 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 175) 21 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 183) 22 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 185) 23 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 26) 24 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 31-32) 25 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 30) 26 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 30) 27 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 144) 28 Kingsolver, Barbera, The Bean Trees, New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1988 (p. 157) 29 Butler, Jack, New York Times, April 10th 1988, p.15 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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