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the bean trees

"What goes around, comes around." People say this all the time. But is it true? When an individual shares what he has with others, does he ever get anything in return? Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Bean Trees, makes sharing the main theme in Chapter Seven, "How They Eat in Heaven." Through the use of characterization and symbolism, Kingsolver shows that giving is receiving. To get through life successfully, people must share.
Lou Ann and Taylor, two friends and single mothers, live together who share the bills, the food, the responsibilities, and their deepest secrets.Taylor is an independent woman looking for a new life away from Pittman County, Kentucky. She moves to Arizona, but she finds she must face all the problems she was hoping to avoid. Taylor becomes a mother to an Indian girl named Turtle. Taylor moves in with Lou Ann and they come together like a family. When Taylor says, "We had things worked out. I cooked on weekends and also on and week nights that Lou Ann had kept Turtle." (p.100) They share the responsibilities around the house just as a real family would. Not only is Taylor helping Turtle, but she is also helping Lou Ann. Taylor and Lou Ann confide in each other and trust each other. Lou Ann says to Taylor, "You know I think you're thefirst person I've ever told this to that understood what I am talking about." (p.102) By sharing their secrets they become closer. Taylor has a!
lways been independent and now she is letting someone else besides her mother into her life. Taylor and Lou Ann become close friends with their neighbors Virgie and Edna so they decide to invite them, Estevan, and Esperanza over to their house and cook them all a delicious dinner. Taylor and Lou Ann not only share their house with everyone but also their food. Taylor tries to provide for everyone not just herself and winds up making many new and lasting frie

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