Barbara Kingsolver, like any good writer, is able to...

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Letter Read all parts of your assignment carefully and record your responses in the appropriate places. 1. Barbara Kingsolver, like any good writer, is able to entertain readers with her storytelling skills. However, she wants to do more than this; she wants to influence her readers' understanding of, and attitudes toward, important issues—social, environmental, political. While many readers admire Kingsolver's ability to enlighten without lecturing or sounding didactic, others have accused her of oversimplifying reality somewhat, being one- sided, and providing what amounts to stereotyped portrayals of some social, ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. This, say her critics, is true even when she is clearly sympathetic to these groups and trying to portray them positively. Imagine that you're a member of a group with an investment in the way the group has been portrayed in The Bean Trees . Better yet, maybe you truly belong to such a group. Perhaps you're offended by the depiction in the novel, or perhaps you're pleased by it. Either way, you've obtained Kingsolver's e-mail address and you've decided to write her a message expressing your feelings.

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