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The Bean Trees The Bean Trees

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Nathan Hess

1.“In India they have something called the caste system. Members of different castes

cannot marry or even eat together. The lowest caste called the Untouchables” (The Bean Trees, pg. 179). 2.“… like if you could return a baby after thirty days’ examination like one of those TimeLife books, then I figure the entire human species would go extinct in a month’s time.” (The Bean Trees, pg. 186). 3. “A hundred and fifty pounds equaled one pair of Levi’s” (The Bean Trees, pg. 188). 4.“ Every time I went to see her and check on the car I felt like John Wayne in that war movie where he buckles down his helmet, takes a swig of bourbon, and charges across the minefield yelling something like ‘Live Free or Bust’” (The Bean Trees, pg. 104). 5. “In real life, your most embarrassing moment is the last thing in the world you would want printed in Reader’s Digest” (The Bean Trees, pg. 107). 6. “The book our mothers had was the Bible, not some fifty-cent dealie they sell from the same rack as the National Enquirer” (The Bean Trees, pg. 111). 7.“ To Lou Ann’s way of thinking, this proved not only that ice chests and a constructions were dangerous, but also Wick ‘N’ Candle stores and Frisbees” (The Bean Trees, pg. 113). 8. “The way she said it, you would think I was toting an M-16” (The Bean Trees, pg. 114). 9. “But we kept waiting and waiting, and in the meantime we drank a bottle of José Cuervo plum down to the worm.” (The Bean Trees, pg. 115).

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The Bean Trees 10. “I got it out of Ladies’ Home Journal.” (The Bean Trees, pg. 112).

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11. “ Lou Ann came home from the Ruiz family reunion singing ‘La Bamba.’” (The Bean Trees, pg. 190). 12. “After a minute the old woman produced a Coke bottle filled with cloudy water.” (The Bean Trees, pg.77). 13. “She wondered what the trip would be like for them, all those days and nights on the Greyhound.” (The Bean Trees, pg. 74) . 14. “You know her, it wouldn’t make no difference if it was the Queen of Sheba aputting us up, she’d be crosspatch.” (The Bean Trees, pg. 73). 15. “You want me to make me happy, you give me a new Cadillac and I can sell my vegetables out the trunk.” (The Bean Trees, pg. 83). 2. Jesus Is Lord Used Tires: The reason this chapter was entitled Jesus Is Lord Used Tires is

this is the chapter that Taylor meets Mattie. This was important because Mattie played a vital role in this book and Taylor spent countless hours at Jesus Is Lord Tires, which is where Mattie and Taylor meet. Guardian Saints: This chapter was called Guardian Saints because in this chapter we found out that Esperanza’s necklace was St. Christopher. He was supposedly the guardian of refuges, since Esperanza and Estavan were refuges of Guatemala.

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Lake o’ the Cherokees: This chapter was called Lake o’ Cherokees because Taylor, Estavan, Esperanza, and Turtle spent a one-day vacation there. This was important because this is where Taylor asked Esperanza and Estavan to help her adopt Turtle. Night –Blooming Cereus: The reason this chapter is named Night –Blooming Cereus is because the night before Taylor was to take Esperanza and Estavan to their new home Virgie Mae Parsons came and showed them their night –blooming cereus. They thought that this was a sign of good things to come for them and everyone else. Into the Terrible Night: This was called Into the Terrible Night because in this chapter Turtle was almost kidnapped in the park. This is what caused Taylor to realize everything in the world that she thought was wrong which lead to her wanting to take Esperanza and Estavan to their new home. Dream Angels. The reason this chapter was entitled Dream Angels is because we find out why Lou Ann was so precautious about everything Dwayne Ray did. It was because in her dream she saw an angel that told her that he would not live to see the year 2000 Ismene: This chapter was called Ismene we learn about Esperanza and Estavan child they left behind in Guatemala. Ismene was their child that was taken from them when they lived there, and Turtle reminded them of her. How They Eat in Heaven: This chapter was called How They Eat in Heaven because it talked about how people would eat in heaven and hell. This is when Virgie and Estavan started arguing about eating with chopsticks, aliens, and washing dishes.

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Tug Fork Water: The reason it was named Tug Fork Water was that Granny Logan had brought Lou Ann water form Fug fork to baptize Dwayne Ray. She brought not knowing that Lou Ann and Angel had planned to baptize him as a Catholic. Bean trees: This chapter is named Bean Trees because is the chapter Turtle said “bean trees” as one of the first words we hear her say. And this lead to her planting whatever she could find and hope that it would turn into a bean tree. 3. "'Let me tell you something, tomato lady. Whatever you want the most, it's going to be

the worst thing for you.'" (The Bean Trees, pg.83).This quote applies to this story a lot. It told Lou Ann that even though she wanted Angel a lot it was the worst thing for her. It also told Taylor that even though she was in love with Estavan it would be bad for her because he was the first person she cared about that she lost. This can also apply to today with many people who want something really badly but know that it is bad for them. "'Can I tell you something?' I said. 'I think you talk so beautifully. Ever since I met you I've been reading the dictionary at night and trying to work words like constellation and scenario into the conversation.'" (The Bean Trees, pg. 158). This quote told us that Taylor had really fallen in love with Estavan and really wanted to be more like him. This can apply to today in many ways. Because now people think, they can fall in love just by hearing a person’s voice and listening to the way they speak. "There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars.” (The Bean Trees,
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pg.13). This quote told us how much Taylor’s mom loved her. It also showed us what she thought of her daughter. This can apply today in many ways. It can show us that we think to highly of a certain person that should not be thought that highly of. “The most amazing thing was the way that child held on. From the first moment I picked it up out of its nest of wet blanket, it attached itself to me by its little hands like roots sucking on dry dirt. I think it would have been easier to separate me from my hair." (The Bean Trees, pg.29). This showed us just the beginning of Taylor and Turtle growing a relationship and attaching to each other emotionally. This can apply to today in many ways also. It can apply to people becoming attached to a certain item they want really badly. It can apply to people becoming attached to people they love and care deeply about. "I'd skipped dinner; I wasn't eating much these days. When I was young and growing a lot, and Mama couldn't feed me enough, she used to say I had a hollow leg. Now I felt like I had a hollow everything. Nothing in the world could have filled that space." (The Bean Trees, pg.228). This quote shows us just how worried Taylor was about what happened in the park. It could apply today too many people. It shows how one incident can affect a person’s entire way of living.

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4. This quote relates to the story in many ways. The underlying question: “What are the many ways, sometimes hidden and underground ways, that people help themselves and each other survive hard times?” This question to me is what this book is based on. It is about people helping others in their time of need. It is about friends getting closer and closer and almost becoming a family. Throughout the entire novel, everybody is helping someone else by doing something for them or giving them the advice they need during their hardship. The purse analogy relates to when Taylor lays everything out with all her friends and gets help with the things she does. In this story people don’t just do little small things to help people they do enormous life changing this to help them. For example, Taylor risked her life to help Estavan and Esperanza get to their new home even though she knew that she could go to jail for life or and lose Turtle forever. Another one would be when help Estavan and Esperanza helped Taylor adopt Turtle by being her parents. Thus, they help Taylor avoid one of her biggest fears, losing Turtle forever and being alone. Now one of the small ways they helped each other out is when Maggie gives Taylor advice on how to take care of Turtle. Another one is when The vegetable guy gave Taylor some extra food for Taylor just because Turtle wanted some even though he didn’t have to do that. In addition, When Taylor and Lou Ann’s neighbors took care of Turtle and Dwayne Ray for them when they had things to do. With everyone helping each other out in this book we can discover the central question behind this novel: “What are the many ways, sometimes hidden and underground ways, that people help themselves and each other survive hard times?”

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