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The Bean Trees Title of Work: The Bean Trees (A NOVEL) Author: Barbara Kingsolver Setting: Kentucky to Arizona, 1980s Characterization Marietta Greer (Taylor) Dynamic Character : At the beginning of the novel, Marietta did not really know her full self. She did not want to stay in her small town forever. To find herself, she ventured the world, she changed her name, and she formed some unbreakable friendships along the way. Important Traits : Motherly….She “adopted” April (Turtle) and loved her like a true mother even though she received her in rather odd circumstances Strong….She never gave up on being a mother to Turtle. Even when she was scared, she pushed through her fear Gutsy...She says what’s on her mind to anybody without ever feeling the need to stop herself or to refrain herself. Significant Relationships : Mattie (static) = (helps refugees/immigrants) wiser voice to gain advice from, especially on being a mother Lou Ann (dynamic) = a sister/best friend relationship that forced Taylor to realize things she never could without another set of eyes. Lou Ann was her rock and home of comfort. Lou Ann

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