A28-Impact of Namesstefania - Impact of Names Read all parts of your assignment carefully and record your responses in the appropriate places 1

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Impact of Names Read all parts of your assignment carefully and record your responses in the appropriate places. 1. Names play an interesting role in The Bean Trees . Barbara Kingsolver certainly took some time to come up with names for her characters that do more than simply designate the individuals they belong to. What do you think of the "noise of the names" of the characters in The Bean Trees ? Think about some of the interesting names used in the novel and select three that you think are particularly imaginative and meaningful—or that evoke for you ideas and associations that you believe the author probably intended. In a sentence or two for each name you choose, explain what you find interesting about it, what its implications or associations are, and how it contributes to the reader's experience of The Bean Trees . The characters personalities and struggles that define them I think is all tied into their names, as they contain meanings. The noise of the names reflects the characters identity and values. Names can also represent one’s identity and background of where they come from. For example, Taylor shows bravery to leave her house and find new life someplace elsewhere. Her birth given name is Marietta, which can be identified somewhat as to where she was raised, in Pittman Kentucky. Although she then changed her name to Taylor, due to wanting to blend in with society, by having a more recognizable name. As a young kid, she was referred to as “Missy”, that can be explained as to her being able to believe in what she wants and demand honour and respect from those around her, respectively. Another set of names that represents more firmly in their background and personal heritage are Estevan and Esperanza. These names can reflect upon their complex culture, and identities. It can also represent the history and the names of their

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