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Unformatted text preview: The importance of family, a major theme in the novel, is evident in the relationship between Taylor and her mother. Taylor's mother thinks that Taylor "hung up [the moon] in the sky and plugged in all the stars." She expects the best of Taylor, and Taylor doesn't disappoint her. Rather than get pregnant and drop out of high school like many of her classmates, Taylor finishes high school and is determined to make a life for herself. Her independent and courageous nature stems from the secure environment her mother provides. When Taylor feels as though she isn't good enough to ask for a job at the Pittman County Hospital lab, she talks to her mother, who boosts Taylor's morale and offers encouragement. Taylor asks for the job and ends up working in the lab for five and a half years. Later, when Taylor is working in the lab and has to help Jolene Shanks, an old schoolmate years....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09
- The Bean Trees