The Importance Of Family In The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver writes about the importance of family and finding your true self. Most of Kingsolver's characters are refugees trying to find the better life. Some, like Taylor, don't find exactly what they were looking for, but it ended up being okay. Mattie is trying to help people. Lou Ann is trying to find herself after Angel Left her, Turtle is trying to get past what happened to her and get over her internal scars, Estevan and Esperanza are seeking safety and closure, and Taylor is looking to see and experience the world she didn't get to see growing up in the small town.
Taylor leaves home looking to find and understand the part of the world she hasn't got to experience. She didn't expect to get Turtle thrown at
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“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” This novel makes you rethink the definition of family, and hope. Family like Taylor and Turtle is not traditional. Most people in the world who get handed a baby to take care of wouldn't say nothing. She also went all the way to Oklahoma to search for Turtle’s birth parents, just so she could keep her. Thats pretty special. She also takes Estevan and Esperanza to get them safe. Also family as in all of them. With Mattie as a mother and Taylor, Estevan, Esperanza, and Lou Ann as her kids. She takes care of all of them, she loves them. When you love people enough they just become part of your family. Taylor said “That means you're my kid," I explained, "and I'm your mother, and nobody can say it isn't so.” she isn't biologically related to Turtle, but considers her her’s anyway.
Kingsolver writes about where people belong. Taylor is confused about how they can call Estevan and Esperanza illegal. “A human being can be good or bad or right or wrong, maybe. But how can you say a person is illegal? You just can't. That's all there is to it.” Taylor also at some point doesn't know if Turtle belongs with her. Lou Ann is having the hardest time belonging somewhere until Taylor. Taylor herself didn't feel like she belonged anywhere. They all found somewhere where they can be themselves and be