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Unformatted text preview: 29 January 2010 Absolute Women Throughom; society the status of women has been overshadowed due to men, yet these women have broken the stereotypical image and restored it with perseverance to overcome Obstacles. Because women are thought of as emotional, dainty creatures their strenuous persona is sometimes overlooked. Against all odds, women have been able to achieve independence, and rights they deserve through their intelligence and strong will. The Bean Trees, a contemporary a novel by Barbara Kingsolver, provides a look on the thoughts, struggles, and strengths of the "a. ‘ modern day woman. Taylor, a young woman who is unaware of her own identity finds herself through the challenges of motherhood and friendship. Lou Ann’ s having her heart broken by Angel causes her to break her dependence on significant others and forces her to realize her own strengths. Esperanza experiences a devastating loss in her life however she is able to cope with it and learns to thrive in a new environment. Taylor, Lou Ann, and Esperanza exemplify powerful, strong women who are able to overcome many difficulties in their lives. Taylor’s sassy, strong personality and wit enable her to face and overcome difficult situations without any fear. Forgrample, when Taylor is discouraged after Turtle is attacked at the park she explains her thoughts to Lou Ann who in turn retortsths, “ ‘The whole way of the world is to pick on people who can't fightback’ ‘ You fight back Taylor. Nobody picks on you and lives to tell the tale” (229). Lou Ann reminds Taylor of her W and W\ L- r J15, :3 (determination so that Taylor remembers who she is and goes back to the strength that can get her W M— g, .. Wu H Nasr2 7 flmush anythli‘ng E . sen-C1. M 'v 5 ' lally ““5 Situation @nough tbr Taylor to hear what Lou Ann has / Fe W tOSay,ghe needs“); ‘9“ 88111 through the experiencgfl that shape her to be who she 15 However, 0’“ are}: When Taylor-‘5 was f- . . . 3L — "St Elven Turtle to take care of she debates, “I thought: I can take ““5 mm 97"“ ‘2 ”'5' . A" child back Into that bar and :fiz/ the counter with the salt give it to Earl or whichever of those two guys is left. Just set it on and Penn-er and get the hell out of there. Or I can go someplace to sleep, ,5 and think 0f something to do in the morning” (25). Taylor’s ultimate decision to take on having an aband I“ i oned child was not only the responsible choice, but it also show/ed her strength I, Although She was running away from having a baby, she cnded up with one and knowing all that o A I i . . - 5 Game With raising a child, she gathers up all the strength she has in her to take in the child to be her own Lastly, when Esperanza goes through a time of doubt after attempting suiCidB, Taylor reassures her and explains, “I guess the main thing I came up here to tell You is I don’t know -r A7 a how you go on, but I really hope you’ll keep doing it. That you won’t give up esperanza. I / W: “M thought of that last night. Esperanza is all you get, no second chances what you have to do is try 91’: fit and think of reasons to stick it out” (200). Taylor has hope for the future and attempts to pass 94‘ that on to Esperanza, who needs it greatly. Although Taylor mt know or experience anything Esperanza has, she does know what it feels like to make it through a situation assumed A k to be impossible to escape. Taylor is always as strong as possible through all the challenges she is facing, and her spunk shows through her success in relieving her most difficultsituations. w 0 k Although Lou Ann is initially afraid of being alone without Angel, she proves that she can live without him and be a strong independent woman. For example, when Taylor asks Lou 4— Ann what she would decide when Angel asks to take her back Lou 1? 57’ . else colfd I do? He’s my husband 1811 t he?” (157). Lou Ann conceders takinggngel back 0 he p A -———~ ._. .__ ’79 v4- 3 decides to return even though she is having mixed feelings towards him. At thisfx’iint, LotfPAnn Ann replies, “‘Well, what _— New? Iraq—7., — _ but she has also moved on. She gained :baclc hereonfidenee and self~esteem, and got her hfe f Wk. Lou Ann was weak and afraid to be alone but over time she proves to everyone bit; , s m! survive in this world. For example, when Estevan visits Taylor to tell her the news, Taylor W C‘Jvuc‘Kf— reveals “Esperanza tried to kill herself. Estevan came to the back door and told me in a quiet the answer to her problems. suits to physical pain to possibl relieve what she is ,0 rwhelmed 'th emotionally and mentally. However, when Taylor talks to Esperanza, trying ' o - e . ' T lor e lains, “She had tears in her eyes, but that seemed better to convmce her to gain hope ay XP I; 56* .7 “Mu-94¢ ? A” was; 9;. 7/ W97} 49-»- ' ” t f ' ' ' f 1’ ti f th - ' than nothmg at all (200). Esperanza had a momen o catharsrs m a time 0 tea In on o e W M need to have hope 5?de situations. The way she expresses her emotions shows that she is / a K! touched and moved by what Taylor preaches. Lastly, when Estevan, Esperanza, Taylor, and Luna ,9 B Turtle are at Lake 0’ the Cherokees Taylor observes, “Behind her eyes, or deeper, in the arteries "use 2%; L, 9 around her heart, SOmethin g was starting to move When she held Turtle on her lap she honestly seem ed haPPY” (277) Having the epiphany she was 1 v” M ead to by Taylor, Esperanza begins to believe and act upon a” new hope. Her sincere joy of being alive and the enjoyment 0f everyday Through the trials and tribulations they face, Taylor, Lou Ann, and Esperanza pull through and show that they are powerful, independent and strong women. Taylor starts ofi‘ naive bUt quickly develops into a mature adult as she progresses on the path of motherhood While experiencing heartache and sorrow, Lou Ann is able to build herself up as a person and realizes her inner strength. Esperanza’s resilient nature enables her to shed her timid and vulnerable exterior. These women who were least expected to thrive in adversity achieved strength by rising from the ashes of insecure defeat and enduring the difficulties of everyday life_ ...
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