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Wheeler .Mollie WheelerMrs. FinneganHonors American Literature20 October 2009Bean Trees and Helper BugsEveryone needs a friend, or someone who will lift them up and help them during their times of need. Human beings cannot survive or be happy and hopeful without support from their friends and family. The author’s message is people need solid support systems in order to find the hope and strength needed to survive, as shown in Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Bean Trees,through the use of symbolism in which wisteria vines, or bean trees, have small bugs that help them out, and without their help the bean trees would never survive.At the beginning of The Bean Trees, Taylor Greer leaves her small town in Kentucky, looking for a better life. On the way, an Indian child named Turtle is thrust upon her, and she takes the child to Tucson, Arizona with her. Taylor is lost and confused in this brand new town with her brand new child. She may have simply given up if it had not been for Lou Ann and Mattie, two new friends that she meets. Lou Ann and Mattie

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