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Absolute Women Throughout society, the status of women has been overshadowed by men. Women arenow breaking the stereotypical image and persevering to overcome obstacles. Women arethought of as emotional, dainty creatures; their personhood is sometimes overlooked. Against allodds, women are achieving independence and proving their rights through intelligence andstrong will.The Bean Trees, a novel by Barbara Kingsolver, provides a look at the thoughts,struggles, and strengths of modern day women. Taylor, a young woman who is unaware of herown identity, finds herself through the challenges of motherhood and friendship. Lou Ann, awoman whose heart is broken by her beloved husband, Angel, eventually realizes her ownstrengths. Esperanza, a mother who had her daughter taken away from her in order to save herfellow colleagues, learns to cope with her loss and thrive in a new environment. Taylor, LouAnn, and Esperanza exemplify powerful, strong women who are able to overcome manydifficulties in their lives. Taylor, who is born and raised in Kentucky, decides to leave, escaping a small life in herhometown. Her sassy and strong personality enables her to face and overcome difficult situationswithout any fear. On Taylor’s journey away from home, a woman from a bar unexpectedlyplaces a child onto Taylor's passenger seat and demands that she takes her because the child’smother is dead. When Taylor is given this child, she debates, “I thought: I can take this Indianchild back into that bar and give it to Earl or whichever of those two guys is left. Just set it on thecounter with the salt and pepper and get the hell out of here. Or I can go someplace to sleep, and

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