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Modern Day Families Modern families while they may contain a different amount of members or members of a different race than the stereotypical family are still an amalgamated unit and have the same love for one another no matter how many people or of what race certain people are are in it In Barbara Kingsolvers novel the Bean Trees this is proven many times especially in the bond shared between Taylor the novels unlikely protagonist and Turtle the small Native American waif who is found by Taylor in a roadside diner Taylor and Turtle while their unity may be improbable still function as a happy constituent even though they go through many rough times a case in point being when Turtle was molested in the park p 166 chapter 12 It proves that modern families can exist peacefully without having to have a male figure or in some cases a female figure to guide them This essay will show many examples of how modern families need not the parental aid of a father figure An example of the modern day families working well together is like previously mentioned the example of Taylor and Turtle This can be related directly to the relationship between Taylor and her mother which is in actuality another example of a modern family in action Taylor is raised without the assistance of a father figure which allows her to take the initiative and raise Turtle without having a man around If Taylor had not had her mothers help in growing in that environment an example of this being how much of a good listener she was to Taylors everyday problems even though she had her own p 9 chapter 1 Taylor never would have taken the initiative to keep Turtle in the first place Another family found in the book which isnt very nuclear is Lou Anne and Dwayne Ray Her husband Angel left Lou Anne after Dwayne
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