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DraftIn the novel The Bean Trees by Barbra Kingsolver Taylor learns about the world around her and about herself By learning about relationships and family she is able to make important life choices After all the family that Taylor discovered she had was not biological but a group of people who love her Taylor learns that what appears to be a burden can actually be a blessing Early in the novel Taylor thinks that her poor upbringing and town that she lives in is a burden When in high school she thinks to herself that she made it this far and she needs to be the one that gets away This could appear as a burden but as she learns after seeing those less fortunate Than her that her upbringing was comparatively good and a blessing because of the love her mother gave her For example when Taylor first receives Turtle at the bar she thinks I can take this Indian child back into the bar and give it to Earl or whichever one of those two guys is left In keeping Turtle she decided to take the burden of Turtle to build a lasting relationship with Turtle This is important because it is the very reason Taylor leaves her hometown to get away and not have a childTo build new relationships in a new place Taylor learns that you need to emotionally give more than you want to get Later in the novel to build a relationship with Estefan and Esperanza she is willing to not be selfish and try to take Estefan for herself Near the end of the book when Taylor became Turtles mother she says Starting right now youve only got one Ma in the whole world You know who that is 238 this is a good example of just how much Taylor had to sacrifice To have a relationship with turtle she needed to become extremely emotionally invested
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