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The Bean Trees By improving nothing, nothing changes. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Life has events that can affect a person’s nature of Life. Whatever happened is for the good. Whatever is happening, is occurring for the good. Whatever will follow, will also happen for the good. In the novel The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, the main protagonist Taylor struggles to face motherhood, life, and injustice: Taylor is forced to change her views on having children, and the discovery concerning Turtle's identity and her ethnic background. Taylor becomes worldly after discovering the plight both Estevan and Esperanza had to endure. Taylor is forced to realize, to some extent, that she has to share, so that Turtle can learn about her tribal heritage and her personality. In life, there are challenges one needs to overcome to build a bright future, often when one faces the obstacles with optimism one can achieve greater lengths in life. Having children sets the whole world into a position, where anything else vanishes. The main story revolves around Taylor’s relationship with her adopted daughter, Turtle. The name Turtle is rather significant to the young child’s character, who clings on to things like a mud turtle, metaphorically. At the beginning of the story, Taylor who is originally known as Marietta or Missy was an independent woman who refused to be trapped under Kentucky’s early-pregnancy norms to escape to a more exciting life; conveys the protagonist’s original and practical thinking, which eventually contributes to an unexpected turn of events that juxtaposes her idea of life. Taylor’s name itself is significant to the starting of her new life: Taylorville is the place she eventually reaches where she creates a new identity and is forced to take care of Turtle, who was abandoned by her aunt. This part of the story is very important to Taylor’s character progression: She was unbending to have children of her own to be tied down, but when she attempts to raise her adopted daughter Turtle, focusing on what it takes to be a family and the alternative forms that family can take in the absence of the traditional mother-father-children

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