Beloved and The Bean Trees
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Gender in literature: English 203, Section 6
SVSU, Fall 2013: Davenport
Instructions for Assignment 3: The Bean Trees
OVERVIEW OF ASSIGNMENT 3
Assignment 3 is worth 20 points and is due by 3:00PM on Thursday, 24 October 2013.
The value of the feminine virtues of communality, support, and generosity of spirit is a central theme in The
Bean Trees. This theme is illustrated through numerous examples of different kinds of relationships, including:
personal friendships; parents and children; between cultures; between members of the same community; a
government and its citizens; a country and its neighbors; a nation and its indigenous people. Barbara Kingsolver
commented on writing The Bean Trees:
I always think of a first novel as something like this big old purse you’ve been carrying
around your whole life, throwing in ideas, characters, and all the things that have ever
struck you as terribly important. One day, for whatever reason, you just have to dump that
big purse out and there lies this pile of junk. You start picking through it, and assembling it
into what you hope will be a statement of your life’s great themes. That’s how it was for
me. It probably wasn’t until midway through the writing that I had a grasp of the central
question: What are the many ways, sometimes hidden and underground ways, that people
help themselves and each other survive hard times?
Find 10 examples from the book that address this question: What are the many ways, sometimes hidden and
underground ways, the characters of Taylor and Lou An,!! in The Bean Trees help themselves, each other, and
other people survive hard times? -f(,) ~” ~ ~ c_e; . ………._ s ” v-.u f<S””‘ ~~~.
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Essay 2 rs worth 100 points and is due by 3:00PM on Thursday, 31 October 2013.
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Do the authors seem to hav~_CI_~i~~age a~~ut i~entjty? ~do you feel this way?
Your paper will require you to use MLA citations within your text, as well as a Works Cited page, which —- may be counted toward the total page count.
Tips and Details
• Double space, 10-12 point, l-inch margins.
• MLA format
• You can work in groups, but you must write your own paper. Working in groups is a good way to discover
deeper meanings in the text.
• Researching on the web and in scholarly journals can help you understand the text more deeply, as well, and
can help you reinforce your ideas.
• Think ofthis paper as one in which you are going to make an argument (make a claim) and then defend it.
Use the text and outside sources as evidence to support your thesis. It will strengthen your paper.
• Make sure you cite your sources (in-text and Works Cited).