The Bean Trees

The Bean Trees/ Chapter 1

What's the reference of  “When I was three, supposedly I stamped my foot and told my own mother not to call me Marietta but Miss Marietta, as I had to call all the people including children in the houses where she [Mama] worked Miss this and Mister that, and so she did”?

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From the beginning of the novel, Kingsolver paints her narrator as a strong and assertive woman, demanding that her mother treat her with respect even as an infant. This particular anecdote is the first instance that demonstrates the importance of names, a theme that will be prevalent throughout the novel. The infant Marietta demands to have a different name as a sign of respect: the name Missy is significant in defining her place within her particular world and her relationship with her mother.