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THESIS: Women should not be restricted to live with oppressing societal norms that requires the relinquishment of their independence and freedom; in The Bean Trees, Barbra Kingsolver uses elements of fiction to depict women who defy societal norms and develops a theme that women are strong and independent human beings who need not follow any social standards.IDEA 1Topic Sentence 1: The first way that Kingsolver uses elements of fiction to show that women are strong and independent human beings is by the characterization of the female characters.Evidence 1: "I had never seen a womean with this kind of a know-how. It made me feel proud, somehow. In Pittman if a woman had tried to have ehr own tire store she would have been run out of business." (Kingsolver 59).Character DevelopmentDuring the rising action of the story, the author introduces Mattie into the plot. Mattie is a supporting character in the book. She is round and static. The author illustrates Mattie to be an independent and strong woman.