A Review of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees

Throughout the novel, Kingsolver introduces feminist issues that she feels strongly about, such as childcare, sexual harassment, and the capabilities of women in typically male-dominated workplaces.

The Bean Trees
By: Hassan Imran, Kavan Pandya, and Asher Khan
Symbols for Feminist Theory
The Shared Burden of Womanhood : The topic of gender is explored in two general ways in the novel.

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver is almost a Southern novel
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The "bean trees," or wisteria, that are able to thrive in non-fertile soil and the bird that builds its nest in a cactus ("You just couldn't imagine how she'd made a home in there") may symbolize the resiliency and ability to thrive that human beings (like Turtle) possess.


Because the emotional effects created by allusions depend on the association that already exists in the reader's mind, it is necessary for the reader to either have knowledge of the allusions or be willing to research the allusions to understand the various meanings that Kingsolver attaches to them.

Taylor's mother always told her that trading Foster, Taylor's father, for her "was the best deal this side of the Jackson Purchase."
When Taylor was in high school, she had a new science teacher who "came high railing in there like some blond Paul McCartney."
As Taylor and Turtle drive across the Arizona border, they see "clouds [that] were pink and fat and hilarious looking, like the hippo ballerinas in a Disney movie."
Because Taylor is afraid that a tire will blow up whenever she goes to Jesus Is Lord Used Tires to check on her car, she "felt like John Wayne in that war movie where he buckles down his helmet, takes a swig of bourbon, and charges across the mine field yelling something like, 'Live Free or Bust!'"
Figurative Language
In The Bean Trees, figurative language includes metaphors and similes.

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Transcript of The Bean Trees by Barbara KIngsolver
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