The Bean Trees


Barbara Kingsolver

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Birds serve as a symbol of freedom in the novel because of their ability to fly, but it is a delicate, vulnerable freedom. Birds represent the freedom of nature, but this freedom is threatened by…

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Water and Rain

Water in many forms symbolizes new realizations and new decisions for the characters. When Lou Ann receives a bottle of tug fork creek water to baptize her son Dwayne Ray, she realizes that she…

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Wisteria Vines (Bean Trees) and Plants

All plants are symbolically important in the novel, as the well-being of nature matches the well-being of the characters. Taylor is surprised to find an abundance of plants in the desert, just as she is…

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