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Once said by American novelist Stephen Chbosky, “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’tstop for anybody.” This quotation which perfectly embodies the very nature which can reflect in Barbara Kingsolver’s character Taylor Greer. In the novel The Bean Treesby author Barbara Kingsolver the idea of change is inevitable, the very nature of not only humanity but life, is to move forward. Kingsolver gives the reader this changeable nature of life in each of her characters and the plot that develops giving the reader the image of something forever moving.Initially, the novel begins with Taylor Greer, she is the hometown girl of rural Pittman county. During these initial phases of the novel, the author gives the context that everyone here is bound to get pregnant at one point and “hogtied to a future as a tobacco farmer’s wife.” Though for Taylor, she is different, rather than living the same mundane life as everyone; she decides to leave as well as changing her initial name of Marietta. These early chapters in the novel give the reader the insight on the change happening in this individual’s life. It gives the impression that life is for ever changing, this could be symbolic in the novel towards Taylor’s 1955 Volkswagen in which she begins to drive along life. Usually during Taylor’s age, many young adults will begin to leave, they begin to set off on there own journey and figure out who they themselves are. And just as the tires on her car break down and leave her stranded, so do many individuals in life. They’re stuck unsure on where to go and what path in life to pursue. They will struggle to push forward in life, just as Taylor would to push her car when it wouldn’t start. These initial scenes in the novel have already given the reader the insight on the fragility of change

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