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Of all the ideas portrayed in Barbara Kingsolvers, The Bean Trees, one of the most important is the relationship between Turtle and Taylor.

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Patty Lopez English 11 The Bean Trees Essay September 7, 2010 Of all the ideas portrayed in Barbara Kingsolver's, The Bean Trees, one of the most important is the relationship between Turtle and Taylor. After being abandoned, Taylor shows Turtle that someone still cares for her, creating the idea of motherhood, which was what Taylor was initially trying to avoid. As Taylor's journey begins, she's originally running from everything in Kentucky- pregnancy being one of those many things. As Taylor is taking a break from driving, she arrives at a bar and receives a child. She explains this to the Indian woman who was giving her the child, but the woman insists on Taylor taking it. '"If I wanted a baby I would have stayed in Kentucky,' I informed her. 'I could have had babies coming out my ears by now"'(24). When Taylor is presented with the task of caring for the child, she is disconcerted, although she will soon realize that she made the right choice, even though she was faced with this drawback. ...read more.


The only way that Taylor could know this is if they had a strong connection, which is exactly what they had by this point. A maternal connection was being established with Taylor and Turtle. By now, the two were inseparable, and even Taylor herself recognized this. When she was looking for a place to live, and they visit the first potential home, Fay asks Taylor if Turtle would be accompanying her, which in turn leads to Taylor responding by saying, "'Right. We're a set'"(93), which made it clear that Taylor was going to keep Turtle- even if someone didn't accept that decision. The more time that Taylor spends with Turtle, the more she comes to care for her. The maternal bond is as strong as ever, and there is no way for Taylor to hide it. When Taylor, Mattie, Lou Ann, Dwayne Ray, Esperanza and Estevan are returning from their picnic, and their vehicle suddenly stops, Taylor believes that Turtle was hurt. ...read more.


So, after hearing her call someone (or something) else "Mama", Taylor could not help but feel jealous. She felt that Turtle was her own child. After all, she was about to adopt her legally, and she had sacrificed so many things to keep Turtle in her possession. She could have left Turtle with a stranger and continued her journey. She could've given her up to the government after talking to the social worker. But she was determined to keep her, no matter what could have happened. She was so obstinate about keeping Turtle in her possession that she went to great lengths to fulfill her goal. In Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees, Kingsolver displays many ideas, although the most significant one would have to be the relationship between Taylor and Turtle. Taylor begins as a woman trying to avoid everything from her home, including pregnancy, but eventually ends up raising a child herself even though the child was not originally hers. Kingsolver shows that, even though people can be faced with something that might not be what they initially wanted, it can result in something wonderful. ...read more.

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