Bean Trees

Have you ever been put into I situation in which you can stay
and never
prosper or leave, with nothing but mere material
possessions? This is the
dilemma that is brought forth to Marietta (Taylor) in the
novel The Bean
Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Marietta grew up in Pitman, a
small rural town
in Kentucky. A town in which families “had kids just about
as fast as they
could fall down the well and drown” needless to say not a
town where many
people would want to live. Marietta was one of these people
not wanting to
be one of the families mentioned above. So she decided to
leave, sounds
like a simple solution, but the trials and tribulations along the
way created
an opportunity for education that far exceeds anything that
can be learned in
school. Not what is the square root of sixty-four but
problems that can cause
a person to think that they are not capable of overcoming
the roadblocks of
life. Strength in a time of suffering is a vital part of surviving
out the many rough times of life. The suffering is a lot easier
to deal with
when you have people around you that can relate to your
troubles and help
teach you how to overcome them.

Money, money is a problem that many people can relate to.

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Everybody has
had those times where they need every penny that they have,
except for those
luckily enough to be born into money. Marietta, now
officially known, as
Taylor had to suffer threw the dilemma of being broke, flat
out broke. There
is no way to educate yourself into having money, but you
can learn how to
deal with the cards you are dealt. That is what Taylor does,
” ‘wash your
windows lady. dollar for the whole car.’ ‘I got no
windows.. lucky me,
because I got no dollar either.'” Taylor is broke, beyond
broke not even
with a dollar to her name she strives to complete her destiny.

She wants to
get as far as her car will take her, no matter how hard it is to
continue she
will. Taylor has learned a lesson that most people have not
nor ever will
learn. She has learned that money isn’t everything to be
happy and content
pushes money and material objects down to third or even
fourth place. Well
it is safe to say that Taylor is struggling but at least she only
has to
provide for herself.

In what takes any other woman nine months to do, Taylor
has one day. She
had an instant birth, her role in life took a hundred and eighty
degree turn,
she is no longer the student of life she is now the teacher of a
child, a
teacher of life. To be able to take on the responsibility of a
child shows
how willing to learn Taylor is, most people given the same
situation would
not accept the child. “jumped in and popped the clutch,
jumped out and
pushed some more. I could see the child’s big eyes watching
me in the dark.”
After much contemplation she takes the baby that she later
names Turtle.
Taylor has gone from living with her mother to being on the
road by her self
and now is on the road with a child, it seems that the road is
many more bumps than it did when she started. After Taylor
finally gets
settled and is off the road, she has learned that the troubles
caused by
having an unexpected child end up being worth it as she has
someone to share
her love.

Being able to share your problems and your love with those
that you are
closely knitted with is a vital part of life. When Taylor was
on the road
she was for the most part alone. Once she got settled in one
place and was
in constant contact with Lou Anne and Mattie her problems
began to become
less and less. This is not a coincidence when you are with
people who you
share feelings with the same problems you faced before
don’t get amplified to
the level they once did. Over her journey the most important
lesson that
Taylor did learn was how to love and how to use love as a
pad and a blanket
from all the things that alone would be so hard. When Taylor
is on the brink
of getting Turtle taken away by the child services there is no
doubt that she
is facing a great problem, but with the help of her friends the
problem is
dispersed and the weight of the problem is on a group not an
individual. In
the end she keeps turtle but with out the help of Estevan and
Turtle might have had to go through another transfer of

Life is all about what you learn, but there is a point where
you can
learn too much too fast. This is what Taylor had to go
through the problems
expressed in the book where enough for a lifetime, but
Taylor has much more
of a life to live. Once you have learned what she has learned
the rest of
your life is a breeze, just sit back relax and let life come to
you. The
book makes the reader think what would Taylor be like if
she had never left
her rural town in Kentucky? Although it makes you wonder
there is also an
assurance that her life is better now than it ever could have
been in a place
she disliked so much.

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