Bean Trees Analysis - Period 1 The Bean Trees An Analysis...

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Period 112/12/16The Bean Trees: An Analysis“The woods are lovely, dark and deep/ But I have a promise to keep,/ And miles to go before I sleep,/ And miles to go before I sleep” (Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening). Robert Frost captured the conflict between passion and responsibility. The character in the poem wishes to stop and rest to enjoy the beauty within the woods, but he resists because he has a responsibility- a commitment. However, this circumstance is not the case in The Bean Treesby Barbara Kingsolver. The main character, Taylor Greer, is a strong, pugnacious young woman who progresses through life fearlessly, but not without difficulty. Taylor has her fair share of conflicts but she handles them with wit and rigor. Although she accepts her new role as a mother to Turtle with a strong commitment, Taylor does not lose her sight to the world around her- she goes after what she wants. Driven by passion, Taylor Greer brings her most beloved companions on a journey to discover the importance of spirit.In Taylor’s case, passion trumps responsibility. Taylor begins her journey by leaving home. Not only does she save up just enough money to purchase a vehicle, she buys the cheapest piece of junk in her county. The Volkswagen Bug barely operates; Taylor must push start the vehicle to get it running. Also, the car has no windows besides the windshield. She knows that the Bug can quit at any point of her journey and she’s completely okay with that, as

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