Reading Response 9
When reading Bean Trees, at least going from chapter one to chapter two, I was very confused. Confused that it was in fact a story of the lives of two different women with somewhat similar issues. Once I got past the fact that the novel was like this, I was able to point out the similarities, as well as the differences.
So to begin, we can initially see how Kingsolver goes from first person with the story of Taylor and Turtle to third person with the story of Lou Ann. Kingsolver dives into the story in a very compact way; like some of the smallest details recur, like Taylor being completely afraid of putting air in tires since the accident with Newt Hardbine’s dad. This story works on two levels; the first foreshadows the incident with the Hardbines while the second foreshadows Taylor’s new job in Tucson Arizona. Kingsolver is very thoughtful in the details she places, so any major diversion later in the novel will probably be important. In the second chapter, Kingsolver moves from the story of Taylor and her perspective in order to delve in the story of Lou Ann. This is one chapter where Taylor is nowhere to be found and doesn’t narrate. Moving from first person is probably the only way for Kingsolver to resolve the conflict of providing too much info on Lou Ann.
One of the first parallels one can draw from this is that they are both in fact, women. But not only just the fact that they are woman, but the novel goes into the burdens of women. Like for instance how they are both responsible of taking on these children. Even though Turtle isn’t really Taylor’s daughter, Taylor is still nevertheless responsible of taking on the task. The women place being a mother over being in a relationship with another man. Kingsolver displays that it’s okay to not be a perfect mother. She shows that Esperanzas decision to leave her child as extremely tough but understandable. She doesn’t blame Taylor, when Turtle is attacked after being with the...