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Happiness Westward An Essay About The Bean Trees Taylor like many Americans wanted a better life for herself All around her girls were getting pregnant and thus having to stay in Pittman County Kentucky to raise a family Taylor decides to head west until her car breaks down This idea was not seen through however because when Taylor hit Tucson Arizona she decided to make it her home Even though she had managed to escape getting pregnant back in Pittman she ended up with a small girl to care for This was likely the reason why she did not continue going west So did Taylor find a better life through all this or should she have just stayed home The answer to this question is debatable First lets compare her financial situation Back in Pittman County she lived with her mother who certainly seemed to at least get food on the table even though she wasnt by any standards rich Taylors financial status at the beginning of the book is indicated on page two with the following quote which is not to say that we me and Mamahad a dime to our names Several chapters later however as Taylor settles down into Tucson we find that she seems to be doing better She has moved in with Lou Ann obtained a job and is taking good care of her adopted child Since she is able to support herself and Turtle in Tucson it seems that shes done fine financially Next Taylors emotional well-being comes into focus She obviously wasnt happy with the life Pittman had to offer her Pittman girls were quick to get bound into marriage by pregnancy and this was not what Taylor wanted as shown on page four with the following quote Mama always said barefoot and pregnant was not my style Once she gets settled into Tucson she seems more content with her life She has found a
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